Wednesday night saw Ashfield School host the annual Ashfield Community Awards Ceremony on behalf of Johnstone Press and Ashfield District Council. The awards are a way of showcasing achievement in Health, Sport and Community Involvement within the Ashfield community and, as such, Ashfield School was delighted to open its doors to the event and to welcome back guest presenter, Paralympian and former Ashfield student, Ollie Hynd MBE.
The school’s stunning Post 16 Centre was the perfect venue for the evening, and guests were suitably impressed by the facilities that students are lucky enough to enjoy. But it’s not just the facilities that we’re proud of…our students really stepped up to the plate to ensure that all of those attending had a fabulous evening. From the Uniformed Services students stationed in the car park to direct people up to Post 16 –sometimes personally escorting people all the way up the drive; to the Year 10 Hospitality and Catering students who had worked hard to prepare – and then serve – a top-class buffet; to Jonathan Clarke, our talented pianist who played as people arrived and again during the interval; to Finlay Palmer, who greeted guests and ensured that everyone knew where they were sitting; to Tom and Oliver Atkinson, who were the school’s official photographers for the evening working alongside the reporters from The Chad. And finally, to our amazing Musical Theatre students and choir, who stunned the audience with their spine-tingling, professional performances.
It would be remiss not to mention the staff who supported the students – Ms Taylor, whose high standards, determination and hard work results in a team of students who can always be relied upon to get things done, and done superbly; Mr Harrison, who has enabled his catering students to be able to produce and serve a high-quality buffet for 160 people; Mr Sluman, Miss Roach, Mr Atkins and Mrs Guy, whose hard work, dedication and enthusiasm have enabled our students to consistently produce West End-worthy performances; Mr Douglas, whose technical wizardry ensured that the evening ran smoothly.
Final word, however, must go those people who attended the event, and who were stunned by the Ashfield ‘experience’. We have been inundated with comments and emails from them, but this one in particular sums up the general feeling:
“…I was very impressed with your school and students. There was a helpful, polite and warm welcome from young people in the car park, delicious food and attentive service from the catering pupils. The performance from the musical theatre team was superb too.”