THE hard work and achievements of 257 students from Palmer’s College was celebrated at a Prize Giving Ceremony on Friday 15 November 2013 at the Civic Hall in Grays.
This annual event celebrates the success of students for a variety of endeavours, including outstanding achievement in their exams, contributing to the cultural and social life of the College, work in the community and 100% attendance.
The majority of prizes are provided by the William Palmer College Educational Trust, who generously give a huge amount each year to the students in prize money and help with financial assistance in other areas. This is a unique benefit that the College and its students are fortunate to have. Other prizes are kindly sponsored by individuals or local businesses with a current or past connection to the College. This year saw a new prize, the Health & Social Care Award in memory of Anthonia Afelumo, kindly sponsored by The AOFAC Foundation. Anthonia a former Palmer’s student, sadly passed away in September 2012, and was herself nominated for a prize last year, which her mother collected on her behalf.
Mark Vinall, Principal of Palmer’s College said: “Our prize giving event is a wonderful celebration of the outstanding achievements of our students and is a great way to congratulate them on all the hard work they put in during their time at Palmer’s College. I would also like to pay special thanks to the William Palmer College Educational Trust for making this event possible and all the businesses and individuals who have sponsored prizes for our students.”
On arrival guests were entertained by the Music Performance students, before the evening commenced with a musical presentation by the BTEC First Year Performing Arts students, followed by a speech from former Palmer’s student Dr Keith Turner, who studied Physics BA and PhD degrees at Oxford University before becoming a technology entrepreneur creating the next generation of medical devices for leading companies around the world.
The Ceremony followed with the giving of certificates to all of the students and was rounded off with a musical performance from former Palmer’s student Jake Perry, who is now a red coat at Bognor Regis.
The Deputy Mayor of Thurrock Cllr Wendy Curtis attended the event along with other local dignitaries, friends of the College and 300 of the prize winner’s family and friends.