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A Night of Celebration at Godalming College

Ex-Godalming College student Andy Salmon CMG OBE joined the College for a ceremony to celebrate students’ awards for Effort and Determination or Outstanding Achievement in subject areas. Further prizes for contribution to the college, community, sport or music were also awarded to students at the Let’s Celebrate event on Friday 26th June. 

A special prize for ‘Overall Outstanding Performance’ was awarded to Scott Sussex who has been successful in gaining a place at Harvard University with a full scholarship.  His schedule at College has been challenging, he will be one of maybe 50 students throughout the country to leave with 3 maths A levels, Maths, Further Maths and Additional Maths alongside other subjects such as Physics, Chemistry and Biology and an EPQ qualification whilst also mentoring other students, writing a new science magazine for the college and working part time.

Tessa Duncan was presented an award for ‘Service to the Community’ for setting up the Friends of Dan, a group of students who support the fundraising activities of the Dan Eley Foundation. Tessa has been key to the success of this group who have supported events throughout the area.

Alannah Winn-Taylor received the award for ‘Overall Contribution to Performing Arts’ after her outstanding performance in Romeo and Juliet which toured local schools, she also contributed to the Choreography of Sunshine on Leith and for her energy, creativity and fervent dedication to College productions.

Two outstanding sports men/women have been awarded prizes for Business, they are Olly Batchelor who combines his studies at Godalming with playing cricket for Surrey, which has taken him all over the world and Emma Day who balances her studies with a gruelling training schedule whilst competing nationally and internationally at swimming events.

Godalming College’s guest for the evening, Andy Salmon shared his insights from leadership and conflict, helping leaders to grow stronger and better teams for the future and helping to create constructive environments for peace and reconciliation. His career which has spanned 36 years in the Royal Marines, becoming Commander of UK Amphibious Forces and Commandant General Royal Marines before moving to NATO where he built the new Comprehensive Crisis Operations Management Centre. He has been involved with every major world conflict in the last 40 years and now is a member of the Human Security and Civil Society Research Unit at the London School of Economics.

Students and family members at the ceremony enjoyed drinks and canapé and were entertained by the College Jazz Band before the ceremony. For a brief moment the sunny lawns at Godalming College became a theatre space when the College’s theatre company ClassAction gave unique one to one performances.  If a character offered you their hand, you were whisked away to your own private space, a table laid for tea, a croquet match, a picnic on the lawn, or a bench in the park, and once there your own, ‘small talk’ performance occurred.

A musical interlude during the prize giving ceremony involved talented musicians, Maddy Pickering, Holly Scott and Victoria Fenech. Maddy who will be joining the Royal College of Music later this year on a scholarship is the co-leader of the National Youth Orchestra and first Violin.  Holly is Principal Viola for the Surrey Youth Orchestra and for Pro Corda Chamber Orchestra. Vicki is co-leader of the English Schools Orchestra and the Surrey Youth Orchestra and was leader of Stoneleigh’s workshop and performance of Shostakovich’s 5th symphony.  

2015 Let's Celebrate award winners

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