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Proud parents, staff and pupils, including Premier Crag Cannonier, gathered last night in Warwick Academy's Purvis Memorial Hall for the school's 2012/13 prizegiving ceremony.

Celebrating the students' efforts, Board of Governors chair Angela Berry told them: “You have set the bar high, for the start of what I will term a new era — the start of the next 350 years.”

That anniversary, the high point of the school's last academic year, was commemorated with a book of school history, which teacher Andrew Dobson and parent Catherine Kennedy were applauded for writing.

Sixteen school staff who between them racked up 175 years' service were also commended.

“It has been a year filled with exceptional highlights,” school principal Maggie McCorkell told the gathering, noting the double celebration of record-breaking International Baccalaureate (IB) results in July, followed by their highest-yet IGCSE results.

“These results do not just happen,” Ms McCorkell added. “They are the outcome of hard work by staff and students, and the level of trust and respect built up between them.”

Top awards for Year 12 went to head girl Lindsay Fisher, who came first as well as taking the science prize, and to head boy Russell Conyers, who took second place.

Deputy head girl Jasmine Lee came third, also taking the Year 12 English prize.

Also coming third for Year 12 were Jazmyne Corday-Watson, and Melissa Fiddick.

Year 13 prizes were awarded to graduated students, many of whom were off the Island at university.

The Visual Arts prize went to Roshanda Smith; the Design and Technology prize to Ciara Svensen; the History prize to Amber Wilson; the English prize to Kaelen Robinson; the Information Technology prize to Morgan Swan, and the Computer Science prize to Eddie Dawson.

The top scorers in the IB exams received special PTA Association Awards to help with their ongoing studies.

Tied for third place, with 37 points each, were Sydney Neal and Keiran Hamilton.

Keiran also took the IB prizes in maths, Spanish, physics and psychology.

At second place, with 41 points, and also winning the IB prizes for biology, chemistry and geography, was Anna Dobson.

Overall, with 44 points out of a possible 45, Matthew Wedlich came top — also collecting IB prizes in French, and business and management.

Meanwhile, the Alice Jones Centenary Birthday Scholarship was presented to Year 13 student Sam Bennett — while Dylan Hollis was presented with the school's Ernie Owen Memorial Scholarship.

Rapt attention: Students, faculty and parents listen to guest speaker David Cash during the Warwick Academy Prizegiving (Photo by Glenn Tucker)
Musical prowess: David Darrell performs Bach's Gavotte in D major during the Warwick Academy Prizegiving last night (Photo by Glenn Tucker)
Guest speaker David Cash speaks during the Warwick Academy Prizegiving (Photo by Glenn Tucker)

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Published October 18, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated October 18, 2013 at 12:57 am)

Proud night caps historic year for Warwick Academy

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