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Tuesday 19th April - an evening dedicated to celebration

On Tuesday 19th April 2016 representatives from The Harefield Academy made their way to The Beck Theatre in Hayes to take part in the Jack Petchey Achievement Awards. This evening is dedicated to celebrate the success of Hillingdon award winners who have been recognised throughout the last academic year for their outstanding contributions. The award winners along with their families are invited to the ceremony to be presented with their Jack Petchey plaques by the Mayor of Hillingdon.

The prestigious award ceremony was concluded with The Harefield Academy Year 13 A-Level Dance Students delivering a stunning performance to Hozier’s “Take Me To Church”. The trio consists of Michaela and Josie Cook and Katherine Marks who performed as a trio for the last time with their characteristic tremendous style and exceptional talent. It was an incredibly proud moment to be sat in the audience alongside 500 Jack Petchey winners and supporters and watching our students perform so professionally, they were a real credit to The Academy but especially Mrs Williams who has taught them all since Year 7 and has worked tirelessly to support them all in their many endeavours. It really ended the ceremony in style and concluded a wonderful evening showcasing the multi-talented students from across Hillingdon.

The THA award winners (see photo link below) represented us with tremendous style their uniform was as impeccable as their manners. All of our students enjoyed the evening and delighted in their achievements being showcased in such a wonderful manner. Our winners ranged from students in Year 7 through to Year 11. Each student had a deeply personal and worthy reason for their nomination. The Student Leadership Team and I had great difficulty narrowing down the many nominations received to decide upon our 9 winners. The only student who was unable to attend the Jack Petchey awards was Nathan Bishop who had an exceptional reason for his absence. At the same time as the Jack Petchey Awards Ceremony was taking place, Nathan was being awarded his Scholarship for Southend United where he went out onto the onto the pitch and was introduced to the crowd. It was up to Gabriella one of our worthy Year 8 winners to sum up our students achievements, “I am so honoured to have been nominated and chosen to receive this award. At first I never believed I could achieve something like this but I will treasure this medallion forever and it will always be a reminder that if I believe I can do it, I can do it!”

The our awards ceremony was also an opportunity to recognise the outstanding contribution made to the lives of each and every 6th Form Student by Claire Fitzgerald, our 6th Form Student Manager, who won a Leader's Award. In all of her many nominations from students and staff alike it was commented upon that she enforces exacting standards with warmth and immense wit which brings joy to us all. 

As Jack Petchey Co-ordinator I was honoured and thrilled to be in attendance last night and supported by so many members of staff who came to see the achievements of our wonderful young people. As ever our students were glowing ambassadors for everything we excel in here at The Harefield Academy. Being part of this scheme is an amazing opportunity and I look forward to the coming months where I can facilitate the recognition of even more outstanding students and staff.  I also hope next year that even more staff can come along to support our wonderful students and enjoy an evening celebrating their tremendous success.

Louise Davey, Assistant Principal, The Harefield Academy