Graduation Ceremony was a night of celebration for our Founder Year
Friday 11 December 2015
It was a night for reflection and celebration, of recalling lessons learnt and friendships made....and to enjoy some yummy canapes!
Mrs Smith has never been prouder than when she introduced her founding cohort at their graduation ceremony to collect their GCSE certificates and school prizes.
She announced them to a hall full of admiring parents, form tutors and teachers, all of whom were surely thinking back on their own memories of the past 5 years and their enjoyable and crucial role in the development of these accomplished young adults.
Mrs Smith spoke of how they had built the school together and developed the core values and especially the notion of ‘Civitas’, which is truly central to all we do. Indeed she declared: ‘We have made Civitas a noun – 'That’s so Civitas!’, drawing laughter from the crowd.
Our Principal also acknowledged that as the first year through the brand new doors they had been spoilt (but in the best way!) both by the opportunities and the discipline that has shaped them into productive citizens.
During touching and humourous testimonials, Kassia, Haider, Maryaah and Shivani gave thanks for their time at Ark Academy and explained that any early misgivings gave way to understanding that our rules and goals were to benefit them only. They were honest and gave us their brightest and best memories of their experience, including Kingswood, sporting events and entertaining past Charity Weeks.
Kassia added: ‘Our graduation evening was probably the best moment of this year for me. It was so exciting to see my friends who had left but it was also very touching to celebrate our achievements and to be acknowledged.'
Chair of Governors, Patrick Wall, presented the students with their certificates before the outstanding contributors to the year group received their individual awards from CEO of Ark Schools Lucy Heller.
The evening’s prizes were kindly donated by Marshall Wace, a trustee of Ark Schools.
Our intrepid Duke of Edinburgh explorers were also presented with their much deserved Bronze Award and posed alongside their group leader, Miss James (main picture).
It was a wonderful atmosphere thanks to all the proud parents in attendance and a time to reflect on all that has been collectively achieved.
Congratulations Class of 2015!
For a full list of winners please see below:
Ark Academy and Marshall Wace Class of 2015 Subject Awards
GCSE English Award Kassia Tavares
GCSE Maths Award Aysha Lohan
GCSE Science Award Rayan Aichoun
GCSE Languages Award Clement Owusu
GCSE Humanities Award Dawid Soltystik
GCSE Music Award Ciara Barrett
GCSE PE Award Munirah Sawyers
GCSE Art Award Clement Owusu
GCSE Drama Award Haider Moosa
Performing Arts Award Faith Agyemang - Lorainey
GCSE RE Award Haider Moosa
ASDAN Award Mustafa Mahmoud
Most Progress in School Career
at Ark Academy Aaliyah Poulton
Best GCSE Results Jai Stewart
Outstanding Contribution to School Life Dhruv Gajjar
Civitas Award Keliesha Cheese