This evening we celebrated the achievements of our former Year 13 students and welcomed them and their families back to the college. Our Key Note Speaker and former student Danny Talbot encouraged our students “not to be realistic but unrealistic and strive to be the best they can be.” As he pointed out who would have thought a boy from St Augustine’s in Trowbridge would be competing on the international stage and representing his country at the Olympics.
Huw Cheston provided an inspirational musical performance of the 3rd Movement from Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint. Electric Counterpoint is built up in layers. In the 3rd movement, there are 7 pre-recorded electric guitar parts and 2 bass guitars. The live guitar is then performed along with the recorded parts. Huw had played and recorded all the parts, his skill and musical ability were inspiring and we can see why he chose this exciting piece of music for his Oxford University interview.
Mrs Large, Assistant Head teacher and Head of Sixth Form, chaired the evening and was delighted to see so many of her former students. Mr Alsop’s address reminded the students of their achievements and challenged them to take their place in the world as global citizens “to become a people of solidarity, responsibility and care, to protect our common home the earth.” Mr Peter Bates, Chair of the Board of Governors, presented students with their well-earned A Level certificates and Special Awards. Mrs Howard presented The Trowbridge Civic Society Award to George Braham for contributions to the college and Trowbridge. Emily Winduss received The Trowbridge Town Trust Award in recognition of her involvement with the community.