This Thursday Blackburn Central High School held an Awards Presentation Evening for our class of 2017.
Headteacher Diane Atkinson opened the event by welcoming our recent leavers, their parents and family members, staff and governors of the school, Chair of Governors Mrs Dot Thomson, plus Councillor Mrs Pat McForr the Deputy Mayoress of Blackburn, and our guest speaker Corporal Stuart Robinson.
Stuart, is a member of the British Wheelchair Rugby squad who recently returned from the Invictus games with a Silver medal. Stuart was serving as an RAF Corporal in Afghanistan when his vehicle was hit by an Improvised Explosive Device. He sustained horrific injuries and had to have both legs amputated, but was lucky to survive and maintain his determination.
Stuart talked about resilience in the face of adversity; the audience found his story inspiring, encouraging and reinforced the idea that it is our drive, determination and resilience that enables us to cope with adversity and makes us who we are.
“Awards evening is a very special occasion in the school year. It is one of a number of milestones in your lives and academic careers that brings you together with friends and families to celebrate your achievements.
On behalf of the staff and governors, congratulations to BCHS leavers 2017 you are a particularly special year group, being the first year group to go all the way through BCHS joining the school as Year 7s in its first year 2012.
You are the future for your families and communities. You have graduated from being the role models in BCHS to become the role models for all younger people in your communities. They will look to you to as examples of what they may go onto achieve and who they can become they will possibly look to follow your drive, your ambition. Your success allows younger people to have aspiration and realise their dreams.
Two students who have been following their dreams are Adeel, who last season made his County Cricket debut for East Lancashire, a significant achievement for a young man in Year 11. Another student discovered a passion for food and cooking whilst studying here which was further fuelled by Bartosz’s success in the Future Chef Competition.”
To all who attended the evening, thank you for marking this special milestone in our young people’s lives. We hope out leavers have moved on and are settling well in their new ventures, learning new skills and knowledge and growing in confidence. We hope you look back on your time at Blackburn Central High School with fond memories; you take with you two things that will stay with you for the rest of your lives, a can do attitude and some very dear friendships.