With such an action-packed term, where our students have really excelled, it was decided to have an Awards Assembly to recognise the great successes of this year, so far.
Belevdere's annual Prizegiving event took place this year in the stunning venue of Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral on Friday, 9th November. All 900+ of our students were escorted by coach to the venue in order to celebrate the achievements and successes of their peers. As well as the students' GCSE and A Level certificates being distributed to cohorts who had produced some of the best outcomes Belvedere has ever seen, prizes were awarded for outstanding attainment and effort from Year 7 upwards, and Special Awards, some of which are sponsored by prominent members of society, were presented to students who had excelled in particular areas of study or who were going on to study courses such as Medicine, Law and Physics at university.
The ceremony began with a warm welcome given by Canon Anthony O'Brien and was followed by a selection of speeches and musical interludes. Mr Kennedy, Principal of the academy, delivered a speech praising the many achievements of staff and students over the course of the year.
With achievement as the focus, our Guest Speaker, Liz Ashall-Payne, CEO of ORCHA gave an inspirational talk on her own journey to the top, and she gave some invaluable words of wisdom to our own aspiring career women. Alex McCaldon-McNally, Belvedere's Head Girl, rounded up proceedings with a rousing and emotional speech dedicated to strong women and the anniversary of women's right to vote. There wasn't a dry eye in the house.
In between awards, the audience were treated to musical numbers performed by our famous Choir and Orchestra, the highlight being Amy Roberts' performance of Do Not Stand By My Grave and Weep, in honour of the 100 year anniversary of the Armistice. To support this, for the first time, Belvedere's Royal Navy Cadet Unit were in full uniform selling poppies to all visitors.