Benjamin Britten Academy of Music & Mathematics

An 11-18 co-educational day school and Centre of Excellence in Mathematics

Upper School Awards Evening

On the evening of 3 May, the Marina Theatre was the location of the Benjamin Britten Upper School Awards Evening. The event, which celebrates the achievements of upper school scholars, is now in its second year and was well attended by staff, students, parents and carers. Hosts Mrs Wright (Head of Year 11) and Miss Munnings (Head of Year 10) introduced the programme of events. First to speak was Mr Simon Hooton, a trustee of the school board, who congratulated scholars and parents for their efforts. He went on to praise the assembled guests saying “it is our rounded enthusiasm that gets them [the students] through this time”. Awards were then presented to scholars by deputy headmaster Mr David Park. Awards were proffered by all subjects and ranged in scale from handsome framed certificates to commissioned trophies. All awards had been selected by teachers and reflected improvement or success in various disciplines. The Britten School Choir then performed their rendition of the popular songs ‘Photograph’, ‘This is Me’ and ‘Somewhere only we know’ to rapturous and well-deserved applause. Headmaster Mr Jim McAtear gave a speech congratulating scholars, parents and staff for their collective efforts. He also praised the support of the Britten-Pears Foundation (BPF) in helping over 200 Britten scholars take up music or singing in the last two years. Commenting on the purpose of the evening, Mr McAtear told the assembled scholars that “not only do you have your family and friends behind you, you have the whole community and the whole town behind you”. He concluded by thanking the teaching and support staff for providing so much opportunity and guidance for scholars. Guest speaker Mr Peter Aldous, MP for Waveney, spoke on the subjects of hard work, endeavour, aspiration and his experiences as an MP. The Britten-Pears Awards were then presented by Mr Joe Carr of the BPF in recognition of achievements in music, dance and drama. Specially commissioned trophies sponsored by local organisations were also presented to Year 11 scholars who had made a noticeable contribution to school and community life. Head girl Grace King and head boy Dean Short thanked everyone for their support and brought the ceremony to a fitting close.