Magnus Church of England Academy have celebrated the end of the academic year with their annual Academy Awards, albeit with changes to the ceremony to meet current social distancing guidelines.
Trudi Ward-Walters is Executive Assistant at Magnus C of E Academy and organised the revised events. She said, “Our Academy Awards gives us the opportunity to come together as a school and celebrate our students and their achievements. Despite the restrictions over the past 18 months, we have managed to stage our Academy Awards both last year, virtually, and this year in separate year groups. It meant arranging 4 different events, but we felt it was so important not give up in the face of adversity, after all, we encourage our own students to be resilient!”
The awards process sees school staff nominate as many students as they wish in the categories covering the Magnus values of Determination, Integrity, Ambition, Humility and Compassion. “The boy and girl from each year group with the most votes receive the awards,” added Trudi. “We also reward Avid Readers and top iChoose winners from our reward points, alongside attendance and engagement, year 10 subject awards and our special awards relating to our pillars, Character, Excellence and Community and our Year 11 Alumni award.”
In past events the ceremony would be accompanied by the Magnus Swing Band and performances from singers, dancers and musicians. “Sadly, that wasn’t possible this year,” said Trudi, “nor could we invite parents to attend. However, we were able to share a live link with students who couldn’t attend due to isolation, enabling parents to watch the awards too.
“This is the 10th Magnus Academy Awards I have been involved in, and definitely the hardest to arrange, which made it all the more rewarding seeing the event run smoothly and students being recognised for their achievements.”