The ceremony showcased highlights from Thorne and Moorends’ young people from the past 12 months, including performances from the musical Beauty and the Beast; a Greatest Showman dance spectacular; house competition events; and some of the year’s sporting triumphs and celebrations.
This year’s special guest was former English professional footballer Bruce Dyer, famed for becoming the country’s first £1-million-teenager when he transferred from Watford to Crystal Palace in 1994.
He shared with the Trinity students the story of his rise from a troubled youth to a talented striker, and encouraged them to strive to make the right choices and to achieve their ambitions, no matter how impossible they might seem.
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“I was that kid at school that teachers told others to stay away from,” Dyer said, “but people can grow and achieve, and if this talk inspires just one person to do that then, for me, it’s mission accomplished.”
He Bruce Dyer spoke powerfully of his life-changing encounter with Jesus Christ, and the forgiveness, peace and purpose that Christ has brought into his life and said: “God created every single human with the ability to achieve and I believe that,” he continued.
“I want to really encourage young people: you can change. You can achieve your dreams. You can grow up.”
Dyer praised the students for their hard work and went on to talk about the importance of making the right choices at a young age. “Lots of people have a gift, but are they willing to choose to achieve and to use that gift for good?” he asked.
“You have some tremendous teachers who are willing to teach, support and encourage you. Understand the power of sound wisdom and advice that you only get with age, and use their support – if you do that, you can achieve anything.”
The ceremony concluded with the much-anticipated announcement of the winners of the 2018-2019 House Cup. After eight consecutive years of holding the coveted top spot, Shepherds were finally ousted by Poets house, much to the delight of house captains Reid Pugh and Jessica Elsey who rushed to the stage to collect their trophy.
Speaking after the event, Trinity’s executive principal Jonathan Winch said: “It was wonderful to shake the hand of so many young people and to honour the sheer excellence of their achievements.
“This year was extra-special because more than one of our prize-winners had overcome real adversity. Bruce Dyer’s powerful story drove home that we don’t need to let our past determine our future.”
The main award winners were:
Outstanding Student of the Year: Jay Green
Sportswoman of the Year: Catriona McKenzie-Purdham
Sportsman of the Year: Harry Graves
The Academy Drama Bowl: Sophie Christie, Ruvarashe Fungwe, Sommer Oliver, Oliver Page, Eren Strider
The Chairman’s Award for Musician of the Year: Ruth Spowart-Manning
Alumni Award – Contribution to the Academy and Local Community: Oliver Watkins
Megan Hennessey Prize for Art: Emma Venables
The TGS Reunion Group Award – Demonstration of the Core Values: Jasmine Wood
Student Courage Award: Nikola Symolon
House Cup Winners: Poets House
Finlay Ridgway Worth
Year 7- Lily Sinclair-Witton
Year 8- Macie Wilson
Year 9- Emilie Garcia
Year 10 – Hannah Sanderson
Most Promising Students
The most promising creative artist: Talia Sweed
The most promising entrepreneur: Jessica Elsey
The most promising food technologist: Keevé Sprung
The most promising geographer: Maja Swedziol
The most promising historian: Jacob Page
The most promising linguist: Leah Gray
The most promising mathematician: Olivia Jenkins
The most promising scientist: Anton-Florin Munteanu
The most promising sportsperson: Amy Wilcox
The most promising technologist: Evie-Mae Wildgoose
The most promising thinker: Jake Heppinstall
The most promising writer: Kate Wheatley
KING of the Year: Olivia May
POET of the Year: Winnie Chen
SHEPHERD of the Year: Lucy Evans
The King’s Academy Short Story Award