Photo: Pocklington School pupil, Lucy Grewer, winner of the Bronze Award for Lower School students
Three students from Pocklington School were presented with special trophies at the School’s prize giving ceremony recently, in recognition of their outstanding commitment and individual participation in activities outside the classroom. The trophies form part of the ‘Pocklington Award’ programme, which is open to all students at the school. Its aim is to celebrate and reflect students’ life outside the classroom, and offer them an opportunity to learn how to present their achievements to others.
Winner of the Bronze Award for Lower School students, Lucy Grewer said: “I was delighted to be given this award and I am proud of all that I have achieved. There is such a wide variety of activities on offer at school. My highlights so far have been playing Mrs Aouda in the Lower School play ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ and being part of the school team that came second in the National Schools Trampolining Competition in Northern Ireland. I enjoy participating in house music and drama as these events have encouraged me to meet and have fun with pupils from other year groups. Next year I am looking forward to trying out the Photography Club as it is something that has always appealed to me.”
Silver Award winner for Middle School, Kobby Fofie, commented: “What separates Pocklington School from others is the array of extra-curricular activities to part take in. I take part in swing band, musical theatre, two different instrument lessons, CCF, rugby and many more. I also enjoy house events as they are a chance for students to work together. It is an honour to win this award because I try to be as involved in school life as possible, taking the opportunities provided and having fun whilst doing them.”
Florence Colbeck, winner of the Gold Award for Sixth Form said: “'Now leaving Pocklington School, it means so much to have received the Pocklington Award for recognition of all the work I have put in alongside my A Levels. It was important to me that my co-curricular activities supplemented my academic studies as well as furthering my own interest in the History of Art, which I will be reading at university. Competing at Lectern Society and speaking at 'Historia', on subjects such as war art and surrealism, were both rewarding opportunities in which I was able to share these interests with the school community.
Throughout Sixth Form, I have immensely enjoyed my time as Librarian as well as being Head of House for Wilberforce. Looking back, these were incredibly rewarding positions. All those duties and achievements significantly shaped my experience in the Sixth Form, and means I can look back on my time at Pocklington knowing I got the most out of it, from the effort I put in.”
Lucy Hornby, Head of Co-curriculum and organiser of the Award programme said: “The Pocklington Award is a great opportunity for students to demonstrate and celebrate their co-curricular activities and I congratulate Florence, Kobby and Lucy on their success. We have a wide range of opportunities available for our students to take part in outside of the classroom, and it is wonderful to see them trying new things and pursuing their individual interests, developing qualities which will be much in demand from universities and employers in the future.”
Photo L-R: Pocklington School pupils Florence Colbeck and Kobby Fofie, winners of the Gold Award for Sixth Form and Silver Award for Middle School, respectively.