Congratulations to the pupils in Years 7 – 9 who received awards in this year’s Key Stage 3 Achievement Awards Celebration Evening which was held on Monday 13th July in our sports hall in front of their parents and teachers. The evening is an opportunity to recognise those pupils who have not only achieved the highest grades but also those who have made the most progress over the course of the academic year.
The celebration event also showcased a number of outstanding events which our school has been involved in over the course of the years, including reports delivered by pupils and staff on events such as Mission Week, Arsenal Double Language Club, the Poet Laureate, and much more. This year Mr Scully alongside Mr Samuels (Chair of Governors) presented the awards.
One of the special annual awards - 'Teacher of the Year', was awarded to Mr Treacy who has taught Design Technology for the past three years at John Fisher. Pupils vote for this award and many commented not only on Mr Treacy's support for them in his lessons but also the fun they have learning new skills. Mr Treacy is retiring from teaching this year, having returned to teaching after a successful 20 year career with the Metroploitan Police. We all wish him a long and happy retirement.
Mr Scully gave a short reflection which focused on how our school and its pupils and staff are continuing the fine mission of the Catholic church in the education of our young people, with Jesus Christ central to everything we do and achieve. He congratulated all the award winners and their parents, but set a challenge to ensure that their God-given gifts and talents are not wasted in the years ahead. He closed the evening with one of his favourite reflections, often attributed to Mother Teresa of Calcutta:
People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centred. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.
To see the list of the Award Winners visit the KS3 Achievement Awards page CLICK HERE