The annual Awards Evening for the Year 6-13 students at The British School of Kuwait (BSK) took place in lavish style at the newly opened Al-Baraka Grand Ballroom at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, as parents and staff celebrated the many and varied achievements of the school year 2011-2012.
The Secondary Head Teacher, Mr Andrew Moulden, welcomed parents, staff and students, before delivering his Annual Report, including recent developments and plans for further improvement.
Mr Moulden reviewed steps that have been taken to develop the range of student rewards, the provision of personal, social, health and economic education and the ‘House system’ that operates at BSK. He explained the school’s clear vision for raising standards ever higher, and in particular how the House system is to be used to develop greater personal and shared responsibility both for positive achievements and minimising those factors which impede to learning.
Parents were delighted to learn that BSK’s June 2012 examination results were again superb, with 93% A*-C at IGCSE and GCSE, a record 98% A-E pass rate at AS Level and, for the third year in a row, 100% A*-E pass rate at A Level, a record 94% of which were at grade C or above.
Mr Moulden informed parents and guests that, once again, more Year 13 students than ever before had decided to pursue their degree courses in Britain, joining such universities as King's College London, the University of Glasgow and the University of Nottingham. The second most popular destination was Canada, where students joined McGill University, Carleton University and the University of Toronto, among others. In the USA, two students gained entry to Cornell University and one each went to Purdue University and Pennsylvania State University.
The prestigious Subject Awards went to the top student in each subject in each year group, many of whom achieved near to 100% in their final examinations. The Roll of Honour for the 90 Subject Award winners was read by the Middle Department Coordinator, Ms Estelle Jones.
The Awards Evening also honoured some 160 students who achieved Excellence Awards in 2011-12. Now in their second year, the Excellence Awards were conceived to celebrate and encourage a high level of success across a broad range of subjects. The Roll of Honour was read by Assistant Head Teacher, Mr John Lambert. The Excellence Award winners were warmly applauded by parents and guests.
Commander Bernard Thompson, representing the British Military Mission, presented Special Awards to students who excelled in Robotics, Sports, Model United Nations, Theatre, Koran Reading and a range of sporting endeavours.
The Guest of Honour was Mr Andrew Glass, Director of the British Council, who reminisced about his own school days in England and the opportunities that they had afforded him, but observed the school which he attended, while academically rigorous, could not match the relevance and roundedness of the educational provision at BSK.
The climax of the evening was the Head Teacher's Awards, presented by Mr Andrew Glass and BSK Founder Mme Vera Al-Mutawa. In a further expansion of the student rewards system, seven such awards were conferred, to one student from each of the previous Years 5-12. The winners were Hashem Hashem, Bardya Rezaei, Aikaterini Konstantinidou, Saad Zahoor, Leena Albader, Alice Shaker and Tala El-Roz, whose remarkable achievement of 12 A* grades in the June 2012 I/GCSE examinations set another record achievement for a BSK student.
The evening also served as a launch pad for BSK’s Jade Anniversary, celebrating 35 years at the forefront of British education in Kuwait. Head Girl Holly Shropshire and Head Boy Fady Assaad delivered a heart-warming account of the involvement of BSK Founder Mme Vera Al-Mutawa from the school’s earliest days in 1978 through to the present. The Head Boy and Head Girl then presented Mme Vera with a ceramic jade shoe which had been designed, moulded and glazed by Year 8 Art and Design students.
BSK Principal, Mr Paul Shropshire, rounded off the evening by proposing a vote of thanks to all the participants, congratulating the students on their great successes and looking ahead to another year of hard work and exceptional achievements.
Above: Mme Vera Al-Mutawa receives her Jade Anniversary gift from the Head Boy and Head Girl.
Above: The seven Head Teacher's Award winners for 2011-12.
Above: Guest of Honour Mr Andrew Glass, Director of the British Council, Kuwait.
Above: After the ceremony, families and staff socialised and enjoyed a superb buffet dinner.
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