Arts Award - Celebration Evening & Good Practice Centre Accreditation
Arts Award Celebration Evening
On 11 October, The Hertfordshire & Essex High School hosted an Arts Award Celebration Evening. This exciting event was a chance to congratulate those students who were receiving a certificate for completing either their Explore or Bronze Arts Award. Over 350 people were welcomed by the school. The students’ families and friends came along to enjoy the students’ success over some canapés and prosecco.
The guest speaker for the evening, Dr Stephen Purcell, Associate Professor of English and Shakespeare from Warwick University, addressed the audience stressing the importance of the Arts. He also explained how impressed he is by those students on his course who have taken part in the Arts Award programme.
The evening also celebrated the school’s recent selection as an Arts Award Good Practice Centre. Several local headteachers looking to start the Arts Award Discover in their own schools also attended the event to find out more, get advice about Arts Award and to witness the valuable impact it has on those who participate.
Molly Armitage, Lilly Hall and Lauren Coldicott, three Year 9 students who have successfully achieved both the Explore and Bronze stages of Arts Award were not only presented with their certificates, but also feature as case studies on the Arts Award Voice Mag website: https://www.voicemag.uk/case-studies
Student Joely Richmond, who was receiving her Bronze Arts Award on the night said, “I thoroughly enjoyed the Arts Award Celebration Evening. The speaker was really inspirational and it was so nice to have my parents and friends there to support me. I have really enjoyed doing my Bronze Arts Award and feel like I have grown more confident with my independent learning. I can’t wait to do my Silver Arts Award!”
Caitlin Hayward, Arts Award Co-Ordinator at Herts & Essex was delighted with how the event turned out saying: “We were thrilled by the turnout; it was lovely to see those who came to support and celebrate in our students’ achievements with their Arts Awards. It was especially encouraging to see that there were Headteachers there who are hopefully going to start the Arts Award Discover. Not only that, we also had a large number of younger siblings who attended and seemed very keen on knowing how they can get involved in their own school”.
It was a fantastic evening and a great a success; it looks like this will be the first of many Celebration Evenings!