The Durrington High School class of 2018 were warmly welcomed by headteacher Sue Marooney, before restaurant owner Andrew Sparsis was introduced as the guest speaker.
He spoke to the audience about his own experiences and dedication to believing he could achieve anything he set his mind to. His words inspired the group of students who have just begun to embark on their studies and adventures after school.
Following the speech, assistant headteacher Naomi Bridgeman-Sweeney announced the top 20 achievers for the year, followed by deputy headteacher Shaun Allison reading out the names of the top 20 most improved students.
Department prizes were announced for the top achiever and award for effort in each subject. Several departments also awarded a prize for overall contribution to a subject.
Head of geography Ben Crockett and Chris Runeckles, associate assistant headteacher, then announced the winners of individual awards, such as the Martyn Simmonds Award for contribution to geography which went to Farrah Daughtrey and Anisha Isam, the Sam Bassett Memorial award for commitment to drama which was presented to Eden Palithorpe-Peart, the Service to School award received by Lynnard Tracey and the Darren Fox Memorial Award in Science which was achieved by Nahum Banks.
Outgoing head boy, Alistair Lee and head girl, Love Onwuzuruike, gave a speech about life at the school, thanking the teachers and presenting headteacher Sue Marooney with flowers.
After some closing remarks from Mr Davis, the students were dismissed for the final time and headed to meet up as form groups to receive their GCSE certificates.
Mr Davis said: “It is a bitter sweet evening, as we are so proud of all our students have achieved and are excited for them as they head off onto the next phase of their lives. But we are also sad to see such a fantastic year together for the final time. We wish all our students the very best for their futures.”
This event rewarded students for their effort and achievement in subjects across the curriculum during an evening in which they could reflect on their hard work and accomplishments from their time in year ten.
Each student was presented with a certificate by headteacher Sue Marooney in recognition of either their effort or achievement in a particular subject.
With only one student being awarded for effort and achievement in most subjects, and two students per core subject, each award is something the winning students can be proud of.
Jane Hedger, company leader of Shelley and organiser of the event, said: "This evening is a very special celebration of those students who have gone the extra mile in a particular subject. It is important to recognise excellence in both achievement and effort and share this with the school community."
The full list of awards given at the year ten presentation evening is as follows:
Abigail Whyte - Achievement in graphics
Alex Warren - Effort in business
Aurora Nation - Effort in citizenship
Bethany Drew - Effort in PE
Bradley Humphries - Effort in media
Caitlin Campbell - Achievement in citizenship
Daisy Colbourne - Achievement in computer science
Ellis James - Effort in combined science
Emma Coe - Achievement in CIDA
Emma Richardson - Achievement in combined science
Grace Martin - Effort in textiles, achievement in fine art
Harrison Linfield - Achievement in chemistry
Holly Palmer - Effort in graphics
Iaii Liu - Achievement in 3D studies
James Price - Achievement in maths
Jamie Young - Achievement in combined science
Jolie Bailey - Effort in maths
Josh Brooks - Effort in English
Katie Rainford - Achievement in PE
Kyle Van Wyk - Effort in CIDA
Leonnie Natala - Effort in history, effort in English
Lisa Boult - Achievement in dance
Louise Rudrum - Effort in fine art
Lucy Albon - Achievement in textiles
Lucy Spiers - Achievement in English
Muhammed Ali - Effort in biology
Paige Bowyer - Effort in dance
Patrick Clout - Effort in physics
Sam Foxwell - Effort in 3D studies
Samuele Midgley - Effort in computer science, effort in combined science
Saskia Blaker - Effort in maths
Stephanie Muggeridge - Effort in geography
Theo Webb - Achievement in physics, achievement in maths
Tom Linfield-Brown - Achievement in geography, achievement in English, achievement in biology
Will Forrest - Achievement in business
Will le Merle - Effort in chemistry
Yasmin Lowe - Achievement in media