THE hard work and achievements of over 300 students from Palmer’s College was celebrated at the annual Prize Giving Ceremony held on Friday 14 November 2014 at the Civic Hall in Grays.
The 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.
There are also special prizes sponsored by individuals or local businesses with a current or past connection to the College, including F G Lang (Grays) Ltd, Rowland Hall Chartered Accountants, The AOFAC Foundation and the Hew Watt Family Charitable Fund, to name but a few, and we are very grateful to all our sponsors who support us so generously every year.
Mark Vinall, Principal of Palmer’s College said: "It is always wonderful to be able to celebrate the outstanding achievements of our students and it 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 Music Performance student Lauren Pennington, 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 Stephen Clear, who is now a Lecturer in Law at Bangor Law School and Public Procurement Legal Research Support Officer to various Welsh Government, European Union and House of Commons research projects.
The Ceremony was rounded off with a fantastic musical performance from former Palmer’s student Kieran Eldridge. Kieran studied Music Technology whilst at Palmer’s and his first album is due for release soon.
The Deputy Mayor of Thurrock Cllr Sue Gray attended the event along with other local dignitaries, sponsors and the friends and families of the prize winners.