Standish Community High School welcomed the return of 2019 leavers for an Evening of celebration on Thursday 14th November. Former students together with friends and family joined teachers and staff of the school to receive their GCSE certificates and awards. Mrs Barker, head of school congratulated former students on their fantastic achievements whilst at Standish and implored students to remain open to new challenges, to say yes as often as they can and to never put a lid on their ambitions.

Entertainment for the evening was provided by our current students with fantastic live music performed by two very talented school bands Butternut Squash and Number 9. Butternut Squash performed an original composition from guitarist Oscar “Memory lane” and a rendition of “Johnny Be Good” whilst Number 9 gave a fantastic rendition of “Not nineteen for ever” by the Courteeners. Year 7&8 Drama club students, together with year 9 Drama students also contributed to the event with dramatic performances of excerpts from “The boy in striped pyjamas” and “Goodnight Mr Tom”.

Guest speaker for the evening was none other than our own Arron Reed, England Under-20’s International Rugby Union player and full time professional player for first team Sale Sharks. Arron graciously accepted the invitation to come and take up a chrome chair with Mr Miller and provide a fascinating insight into the world of professional sportsmanship after leaving Standish High School. Arron truly embodied the school’s motto of “be outstanding” and has gone on to achieve great success in his career so far, echoing the sentiment of the evening “to aim high”.

Principal Anna Dawe from Wigan & Leigh College was in attendance at the event to present the Endeavour Award which went to Jamie. The award recognised his resilience and commitment to his GCSE studies despite having a tough year in and out of hospital. Jamie passed each of his GCSE’s which is testament to the hard work and dedication he displayed during his challenging year. Jamie also received a cheque for £250 alongside his award.Mr Morgan echoed how proud he was of Jamie’s achievements, presenting him with a Head of Year award. A second Head of Year award was presented to Isobel along with a £20 voucher recognising the tremendous academic progress she had made in her final year.

Mrs Murray awarded the Standish Spirit award and a £20 voucher to Lewis recognising his resilience during his five years at Standish High School, passing each of his GCSE’s.
A further thirty nine certificates were awarded on the evening for 100% attendance, further testament to the dedication of our students.
Subject specific awards for Individual Progress and Academic Excellence were presented by Mrs Barker before the special awards for Excellence and Progress were received. Liam took home the Academic Excellence for his achievements in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, English Language, English Literature, Food Preparation and Nutrition, Music, Physics, RE and academic progress in Computer Science and Music. The special award for Academic Progress went to Molly for her progress in Combined Science, English Language, Food Prep and Nutrition, French, PE and academic excellence in Combined Science.

The evening was rounded off with a speech from the current head boy Yousef and deputy head girl Chloe before the class of 2019 got the chance to chat to their former teachers and catch up with friends and family. The evening was a truly special event and testament to the hard work of everyone involved in making Standish the special community that it is: the Governors and Trustees, the school leaders, teachers, support staff, the parents and carers and, last but not least, the students themselves.

Well done to the class of 2019 from all at Standish Community High School.