Successful Collyer’s students have been rewarded for their 2014 achievements at the college’s Annual Prize Giving ceremony. As visitors assembled, a packed Duckering Hall enjoyed wonderful festive performances from Katy Ellis (violin), Hugh Crook and Jake Dickson (piano). The event was attended by students, teachers, parents and other members of the Collyer’s community.
Presentation of the awards was made by Mr Chris Clementi, Mercer Governor and Trustee; Mr Robert Pope, Chairman of the Trustees, and the Vice Chairman of the Governing Body and Trustee, Mr Colin Eley.
Principal, Sally Bromley, who hosted the event, said: “The students who have been awarded prizes have excelled academically, many achieved 4 A* A levels and are now studying at Oxford and Cambridge and other prestigious universities, but their achievements do not begin and end there. They have also engaged in activities outside the classroom, in clubs and societies, sport, music and drama, supporting other students in their studies while persevering with their own. They are truly awe inspiring young men and women.”
The Mercer’s School Memorial Prize (Merrett Bequest), awarded by the Mercer’s Company, was presented to: Samuel Garside, Elysia Hannaford, Beth Hundleby, Nikita Karandejs, Nicholas Machin; Samantha Southern, High Turnbull, Zachary Wilson and Constamce Wraith.
The Mercers’ Exhibition Prize, awarded by the Trustees of the Collyer’s Foundation, was presented to: Felicity Burfoot, Richard Coldham, Ewan Currie, Jack Dawson; Eleanor Ferguson, Martin Furlepa, Yong Yin Li, Rebecca Stanton; Arnold Thornton-Rice and Chloe Troy.
The Trustees’ Curriculum 2000 Star Prize, also awarded by the Trustees of the Collyer’s Foundation, was presented to: Cheung Ho Yoing, Samuel Estebanez-Bale, Victoria Gale, Harry Nelder and Hoi Yau Wong.
The Trustees’ Curriculum 2000 prize was awarded to Terence Chan, Holly Danbury, Benedict Darcy, George Long; Sarah Parker and Georgia Taylor Aguilar.
The college prizes were donated by the Collyer’s Association, the Horsham Twinning Association, Richard Collyer Lodge, Mr C Martin and Mr S Gilham. The Collyer’s Association Prize for Outstanding Contribution to the Student Community was given to Joyce Hin Yan Lee, while the prize for Outstanding Contribution to Sport was awarded to Jospeh Kundert. Oliver Giles and Rachel North picked up the prize for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts. College prizes for Excellence in Level 3 Vocational Courses was awarded to Ellis Prevett; the prize for Excellence in Level 2 Vocational Courses went to Chiara Scudato.
The College Prize for Child Care went to Hannah Strange, while Emma Goldsmith picked up the prize for Excellence in Apprenticeships; Braden Marshall and Emily Timon won the prize for Academic Progress and Fiona Farrell was awarded the Adult Education prize. The Vivien Martin Prize for Special Achievement was awarded to Liam Ruff.
Cameron Harris received the OCA Creative Writing Prize from Old Collyerians’ President Stewart Mackman and former President Derek Sturt presented Antonia Nelson with the OCA Outstanding Extra-Curricular Achievement prize.
Robert Legg was awarded the Business Prize for Strategic Management and Lauren Christie and Jack Stone won the Adam Howard Law Prize, set up in memory of a very promising law student and kindly presented by his mum.
Sally Bromley said: “As I am sure you are aware, Collyer’s was founded in 1532 by Richard Collyer, a wealthy London Mercer who left a sum of money to found and provide for a school in Horsham. We enjoy continued support from the Mercers’ company and the trustees of the current Collyer endowment who sponsored many of our prizes today.”