Outstanding progress and excellent achievement is something which needs to be worked for every single day and the students sitting here tonight have made the best use of every single lesson. They have embraced two of our core aims:
- We will nurture talent and encourage pride in academic excellence;
- We understand that academic excellence is different for every student but insist on every student aiming for their best in every project, piece of work or lesson.
This is a great opportunity to say ‘well done’ to our young people for aiming high and overcoming any obstacles put in their way. As we know, success isn’t always easy and sometimes we must learn through our mistakes. What is important is how we respond to these mistakes.
We have a choice. We can stop - give up and say it is too hard - or we can try it again and again and again until we turn that weakness into strength.
However, when you look at successful teams, sports stars or personalities, business people, you see that excellence cannot be achieved by one person working in isolation. Usually, a great performance or exceptional skill is supported by a host of unseen influences. For many of our young people here tonight, it will be a family who encourages them to do well and supports them in reaching their aspirations. There are also many staff at school who work tirelessly to help you be the best and reach for the stars every single lesson - encouraging you, nurturing talent and inspiring excellence.
2015/16 has been a fabulous year full of excitement and new challenges. For example:
- Ryan, Imogen, Jack, Kian and Archie in the County Athletics
- Our young sports leaders work with our partner Primary schools
- Our Media students work with Siren FM
- A-Level English Literature students enjoying a Poetry masterclass at BG
- Our GCSE students visiting Poet Laureate Carol-Ann Duffy
- Year 10 interview day and work experience
- The Year 11 Prom
- Our newly launched Duke of Edinburgh programme
- Ellie’s and Charlotte’s success in this year’s Siemens’ Females into Industry Challenge
- Charlotte and Cade being awarded trophies from the old lincolnians for services to the community
- The science department’s ‘space seeds’ project devised by the UK space agency
- Davinder’s and Charlotte’s Poetry Slam performances and success
- Erin’s poem featuring in a national anthology
- Ellis being awarded a scholarship at Leicester City football club
- Sophie Hart’s tremendous success in the swimming pool
- Oliver Stocks being selected to represent the Lincolnshire Schools cross-country team
- Visits to the Yorkshire sculpture park
- The Newark airfields trip
- The Rota Trip to Belguim
- The trip to the Czech republic for the Food for Thought conference
- Barcelona trip
- Visits to the National Holocaust Centre
- Polar explorer, Ben Saunders’ visit to the school
- David raising money for the Marie Curie Cancer Care Charity
- Brick Lincs event
- Jade and Jack being selected to be Head Boy and Head Girl in our newly launched prefects system
- Owen shaving off his hair for charity
- We Will Rock You Christmas performance
- Citizenship Day
- International Day
This is just to name a few. They also went to a few lessons!
I know that one of our main jobs is to motivate you to do well. Equally, we all have different motivations in life which make us who we are as people.
Motivation is only motivation if it gets you to take action. Taking action is what all of you have done and is the reason why you are sitting there this evening receiving an award. What gets one person motivated may not work for someone else. Some people are motived by the desire to be famous or for money; some are motivated to follow in a family member’s footsteps and, for another, making a difference in other people’s lives may be their biggest desire. You must define motivation for yourself. You must know what your own values and principles are. What makes you feel good about yourself? What are your defining guidelines? What is it you want? Motivation is personal.
There are over six billion people on this planet and not one of them has your finger prints. And if you took all the people that ever lived from the creation of the universe, none of them would share your finger prints! That is how unique you are. That, in itself, makes you special and there are thousands of features that are unique to you alone. You are one of a kind. So why shouldn’t you have your own dream and your own vision for what you want to be? Why shouldn’t you do something that’s never been done before?
If you define motivation in a personal manner that is relevant to you, it will compel you to take action. Your goals become your motivation. That is why they are personal. Your goals in life truly define who you are. That is why you need to dream big. Set huge goals! Personally, I can’t wait to see what you can achieve over this coming year or five years or ten years.
Be determined. Be resilient and keep going!
Many congratulations to all our winners.