Achiever Awards 2014

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Achiever Awards 2014

08 October 2014

Bracknell & Wokingham College recently celebrated the achievements of their students at a glittering ceremony for their ninth annual Achiever Awards.

The Achiever Awards are given to students because of their outstanding effort and passion for their course. As well as high achieving academic students, the awards also celebrate those who have overcome adversity to excel in their particular course area.

This year saw the introduction of awards for the college’s adult professional students, alongside those for their full-time students.

The college’s Sports Hall was transformed into a glamorous award venue and the ceremony was hosted by local girl Bonita Norris, a mountaineer and TV presenter from Wokingham, and now based in Bracknell. Bonita said:

"It’s important to celebrate the achievements of young and older students as they are grafting for the whole year and it’s nice for them to be recognised for it. For them to have an evening to reflect on what they’ve done and actually take stock to think ‘yeah, in those moments when I was up against it - I actually got through that’, and they can now look forward to taking on bigger things in the future.”

The 45 lucky Award winners and their families and friends were joined by guests from local businesses and the local councils. All were given the red carpet treatment as they arrived and were photographed by our ‘paparazzi’ (photography students) and were then shown to their tables for drinks and delicious canapés created by our Hospitality students.

The guests were also treated to a performance by our talented Performing Arts students.

Campbell Christie CBE, Principal, said:

“The Achiever Awards are testament to all we stand for at Bracknell & Wokingham College. Our mission is for all our students to achieve their full potential – they come from our community and they leave here with important employability skills, ready to play their part in the world. We build futures here as our staff inspire their students, and their passion for life and learning shines through.

“This year saw a number of new awards presented to our adult learners studying on part-time professional courses alongside our full-time learners. We are in the business of helping adult learners to achieve their career goals and we are delighted to be able to recognise the achievements of these students as well as our full-time learners.”


Business student Emma Fisher spoke of her pride at receiving the award for Business:

“Winning the achiever award was an honour. After working so hard for a year, when I got the invitation for this, I felt as though that hard work had been recognised; so all the effort and hours that I put in really has been worth it."

Access to Higher Education award winner and student Lisa Tompkins was impressed with the ceremony and speaker Bonita Norris:

"I was truly amazed by tonight’s ceremony. To see all the fantastic young achievers here – through whatever difficulties and challenges, it makes my heart feel happy to be amongst such talented people. The Performing Arts acts were fantastic too, I’ve loved it tonight – every moment.”

Dawn Harrage Hospitality tutor and joint winner of the Tutor of the Year Award, alongside Denise Meller, Media tutor, said:

"I was totally surprised to be nominated by my students, it’s ended quite a difficult year on a real high. I’ve really enjoyed today’s event, it’s been hard work but has really been worth it for the turnout. The guest speaker was great in how she linked her own triumphs back to the students' and in such a way that would inspire them."

See all the fun from the night with our Facebook album!

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