Student of the Year Awards

This November, Joseph Chamberlain College once again hosted one of their favourite events of the college year: the Student of the Year Awards. It was a momentous occasion and an incredibly special opportunity to be able to celebrate their students’ phenomenal achievements with everyone that was in attendance. With a record number of students being awarded the highest grades this summer and more students than ever securing places on the most competitive degree courses in the country, there was a lot for the college to celebrate during the evening.

The purpose of the Student of the Year Awards is for Joseph Chamberlain College to celebrate the outstanding achievements of their students. However, the evening also provides the college’s alumni with the opportunity to reminisce on some nostalgic memories with old friends and teachers and all guests the chance to witness an incredible evening filled with celebration and entertainment.

The evening saw many special guests in attendance. The guest of honour for the evening was The Apprentice’s Kayode Damali; he gave the college’s students an incredibly inspirational and motivational speech, equipping them with various philosophies to carry through life that will aid them in reaching their goals. Joseph Chamberlain College was also honoured to have The Right Worshipful, The Lord Mayor, Councillor Maureen Cornish, in attendance, and thankful to her for presenting the prestigious Principal’s Awards to its students. The college was also thrilled to have Sue Anderson, Chair of Governors for the college, take part in the evening, giving the final vote of thanks; she congratulated all award-winning students for their achievements and thanked all that joined them in the celebration.

Each student was presented with the award accompanied by a bespoke comment detailing aspects of their time at Joseph Chamberlain College. These comments made each award incredibly special, shedding light on the various things these outstanding students did in order to achieve and therefore win these esteemed awards.

The members of staff at Joseph Chamberlain College invited some outstanding alumni to participate in the evening. These alumni gave speeches on what the college meant to them; the speeches were incredibly moving, detailing fond memories with friends, participation in enrichment activities, and how their teachers helped them to get to where they are today, studying at prestigious universities on courses that they worked incredibly hard to get on.

A wide array of exciting performances were weaved into the Student of the Year Awards. Iryna Butler, a sublime singer and pianist, introduced the evening with spectacular and atmospheric music. Break Mission, a community hip-hop events and educational organisation that raises awareness of the homeless situation in the local community through dance, music and art, showcased a jaw-dropping dance routine that left the audience wide-eyed in amazement. The evening came to a close through the sound of dhol drums, as the final performers of the evening, the Dhol Crew, showcased their immense talent and brought the incredible evening to a close with their awe-inspiring music.

Joseph Chamberlain College would like to thank everyone who joined them in celebrating their students’ outstanding achievements and would also like to extend their congratulations to all the award winners.