On Wednesday 16 December, Tanbridge House School’s class of 2020 were invited to attend the first Virtual Celebration of Achievement Evening; a new online event which aimed to celebrate the achievements and successes of school leavers in lieu of a physical event.
The Celebration of Achievement Evening (sponsored by DMH Stallard) takes place each December and usually allows ex-year 11s to collect their GCSE certificates, have refreshments and catch up with staff and friends before attending a presentation of awards which are given to students who have achieved above and beyond in particular subjects, made a special contribution to school life or made a difference within the community.
This year, tutors, Leader of Year, pastoral staff and the Senior Team Link all recorded messages for students which were available for 48 hours online, alongside a message from Mr White, photo slideshow and an awards presentation video which detailed students who had won prizes for their achievements both in and outside the classroom. The former Head Boy and Girl also recorded a speech for the event.
A number of notable awards were presented throughout the evening, including the Prize for Service to the Community which was awarded to Hannah Hardy, and the Prize for an Apprentice, supported by Horsham Rotary Club and awarded to Courtney Davis.
The final award of the evening was the Leslie Prize for Outstanding Academic Achievement and Contribution to School. This was awarded to Sebastian Cutter.
The event was sponsored by DMH Stallard. There were also many other contributors to the event: Friends of THS, Horsham Rotary Club, Horsham High School, John Snelling and Inner Wheel of Horsham, John and Carol Head, Kip McGrath, Mr and Mrs Parkes, Neil Dunne Welding, Parkfield Landscapes, Peter Tobutt and Skylark Care Home.