The annual Awards Evening for the Middle and Upper Department students at The British School of Kuwait took place in the Shakespeare Theatre at BSK’s Salwa campus, as parents and staff celebrated the many and varied achievements of the school year 2010-2011.
The Secondary Head Teacher, Mr Andrew Moulden, welcomed parents, staff and students, before delivering his Annual Review, including recent developments and plans for further improvement.
Mr Moulden outlined steps being taken to develop further the quality of teaching and learning and to improve BSK’s already high standards of attendance, punctuality and behaviour. He also explained the school’s clear vision for the future, in particular how this is motivating the teaching staff to strive for ever higher educational standards.
Parents were delighted to learn that BSK’s June 2011 examination results were again superb, with 93% A*-C at IGCSE and GCSE, 97% A-E pass rate at AS Level, and 100% A*-E pass rate at A Level, an astonishing 93% of which were at grade C or above. More Year 13 students than ever before decided to pursue their degree courses in Britain, and seven Year 13 graduates were accepted into ‘World Top 100’ universities: Toronto, Washington, Glasgow, two students to the University of Nottingham and one each to Pennsylvania and St Andrews.
The Guest Speaker was Mr Paul Gaskell, Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy, who reminisced about his own school days in England and the many opportunities that they had afforded him, before observing that “the opportunities that BSK offers to its students are even greater and more impressive.”
Mr Gaskell encouraged the students to “soak up the international atmosphere, the languages and the lasting friendships that cross continents” and to take full advantage of the many extracurricular opportunities on offer. Noting that “academic standards are very high” at BSK, he expressed his hope that all the students would continue to work hard and, if possible, complete Sixth Form qualifications and attend university in the United Kingdom.
Mr Gaskell then presented certificates for a range of Special Awards, including Injaz business project awards to sisters Ishita and Ankita Handa, ISACK sports awards to Mohammed Feras Kalou, Anja Knjazeva, Dario Gelevski and Fenna Hasche, and Mathematics competition prizes to Jamil Sumaq and Omar Elabd Mohamed.
The Head Teacher's Service Award, presented by BSK Executive Chairman Madame Vera Al Mutawa, went to Ishita Handa for her involvement in an extensive range of school activities and projects, including having been selected to represent Kuwait in the World Schools Debating Championship in Cape Town next January. In a break from tradition, three Head Teacher's Academic Awards were given, to Year 11 students Aly Emam, Fenna Hasche and Tala El-Roz.
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 Awards Evening also served as a musical showcase, with a delightful vocal solo from Isabella Loutfi and excellent performances by the BSK Vocal Ensemble and a reformed La Camerata, comprising Halyna Zhmur and Julia Tryzna on violin, and Charles Fernandes, winner of the Kuwait Chopin Competition, on piano.
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.
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