Hunstanton school has leavers’ assembly

Tom Richardson holds the Centenary Award for Community Service, awarded by Hunstanton and District Rotarians, flanked by runners-up Rebecca Garthwaite (left) and Rebecca Burnham.   The award was presented by Rotarian president, Peter Atterbury MLNF15PB05347 ANL-150527-114010001
Tom Richardson holds the Centenary Award for Community Service, awarded by Hunstanton and District Rotarians, flanked by runners-up Rebecca Garthwaite (left) and Rebecca Burnham. The award was presented by Rotarian president, Peter Atterbury MLNF15PB05347 ANL-150527-114010001
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Smithdon High School’s leavers’ assembly on Friday saw the presentation of the Hunstanton and District Rotary Club’s 11th annual Centenary Award for Community Service and Enterprise.

All sixth formers were invited to apply for the award with a prize of £250 for a project of their choice.

Initial written applications asked students to give details of community and enterprise work.

The short-listed candidates were asked to give a ten-minute presentation on their work to the awarding panel.

The award was presented by Peter Atterbury, president of the Hunstanton rotarians, and the winner was Tom Richardson, who impressed the judging panel with a variety of community-based work. Tom has been the school’s deputy head boy this year. This work included showing people around the school, attending school events, giving talks in assembly and taking part in discussions with the school leadership about teaching and learning.

He has taken a lead in school fund raising events and recently helped to raise money for Help for Heroes as part of the school charity week.

His community work has included sports leadership helping with sports events at Smithdon High School and local primary schools.

The Rotary Club were interested to hear about Tom’s work at cadets where he helps with events and teaches various activities including first aid and sporting activities.

The Rotary Club award a second and third prize.

The second place went to Rebecca Burnham and the third place went to Rebecca Garthwaite. Both students produced excellent presentations showing a range of community work.

Teacher Stephen Chapman said: “The school is grateful for its continued links with the local Rotary club and its support for the award in recognising community work.”