On Tuesday 15 July 2014, Isleworth & Syon hosted its inaugural Key Stage 3 Awards & Display Evening. This year, the school decided to host an evening exclusively for junior students (Years 7 to 9) that is separate from the Senior Awards Evening in the Autumn Term. This event is designed to recognise those students whose hard work and dedication cause them to consistently achieve high levels of attainment and progress.
The evening began with introductory piano music courtesy of Will Millett (7D), Gheorghe Rotaru (9E) and Sammy Standing (7B). Ms Simms, who compered the evening with usual aplomb, told the audience that it is important to remember that “education is about young people”, and that is what this event aimed to celebrate, through a series of subject, pastoral and sports awards, as well as a selection of trophies.
These included the ‘Diamond Positive’ award, a culmination of the school’s new reward structure, which awards students positives or negative points depending on their contribution and behaviour in class. The ‘Diamond Positive’ award is given to all those students who have achieved at least 125 positive points, and thus recognises continued excellence on a day to day basis. In Year 7, ten students earned this prize, while a staggering twenty-four Year 8 students were recognised. Two Year 9 students also achieved the award.
The event had several musical interludes, including Marley Rutherford (9D) and Charlie Burton (9A) giving a fantastic performance of ‘Three Little Birds’ on the steel pans. After this, sixty-three students across all three year groups took to the stage as part of the ‘Key Stage 3 Voices’ group, giving a phenomenal vocal performance of a medley of songs. Both performances received rapturous applause from the audience.
The evening concluded with a number of trophies. The main award was the Key Stage 3 Headteacher’s Cup, a trophy given to the Year 9 student who has made the greatest overall contribution to the school during his three years at Isleworth & Syon, including behaviour, attendance and achievement. The inaugural winner of this trophy was Harry Stenholm (9E).
Congratulations to every single student who received an award, as well as all the staff who organised such a wonderful event. It was truly a reminder that the school’s ongoing desire to be ‘outstanding in every respect’ continues to pay dividends through the high attainment of its students.