Bright Stars is one of the most important events of the year as it is the one event where students get recognised for all of the hard work that they have put into school. The start of this breathtaking event consisted of an introduction from Mr Wiltshire and the melodious singing of the primary school (which lasted for approx 20 minutes). The exam certificates were then given out in a very formal manner – which was as usual just the same round of clapping for some pieces of paper (and all of the students work that went into getting them)…….
We then had the privilege of hearing the solemn story from our guest speaker, Mala Tribich. This included her own story of survival of the holocaust – a stark reminder of the horrors that human nature can produce and a reminder of what struggles humanity have to put up with.
This incredible speech was then followed by a short break – a time for the audience to chat and have a cup of tea and a cookie – and maybe buy themselves a treat or two from one of the year 9s inventive business stands before the second half of the event, which commenced with some more singing – this time a song from the year 3s and then a combined effort between the primary and senior school. Following this – Mr Wiltshire gave out the bright stars awards, where the students waited with baited breath to hear if they were the ones who had got the award for ‘making the most progress in their grades in one year’ or ‘contributing well to school life’ or even just ‘being humble and getting on with their work’. Each person receiving one of these awards was presented with a glass star on a stand with the reason for their award inscribed on a silver plaque on the star. The Oneschool awards then followed this, where only two people from each key stage get an award – and even then, only one person from each key stage gets Gold – the most superior award which can be received on bright stars. These lucky people get loaded with cash as a reward for their efforts so it’s not an easy award to get.