Students Receive Promise Awards
The Falmouth Marine School Student Promise Awards took place last week after a a slight delay caused by the snow.
Originally planned for Wednesday 13th January, the award ceremony had to be postponed, due to the College being forced to close for three days in the first week of January because of adverse weather conditions. It was decided to postpone the awards in order to give all students a chance to settle back into the new term.
Held in the Sails Café of the campus at 12.30pm on Wednesday 20th January, the annual event recognises achievement across all courses areas and includes academic achievement as well as celebrating factors such as determination in the face of adversity and distance travelled. Held in the middle of the academic year, the awards play a valuable role in improving motivation and building self esteem as well as raising further levels of achievement.
The awards are split into three categories, with one winner from the first year group and one from the second. The Achievement Award is given to students who have consistently produced and completed work of high quality across their course. The Progress Award is for students who have demonstrated a marked and sustained improvement in the standard of their work and or attitude. This could be for distance travelled to reach College as well as out-performing expectations based on pre-entry qualifications. The Endeavour Award is given to students who have shown evidence of real commitment, determination and perseverance, perhaps in the face of considerable adversity and reflects significant personal investment on the part of those nominated.
All nominees received a certificate of commendation with the winners each receiving a cheque for £25 from the Head of College, Tom Shaw. All nominees were notified in advance so they could invite friends and family to attend the ceremony.
For the first years, the award for Achievement went to Rebecca Trenouth on the National Diploma in Marine Biology & Ecology; Progress to Davis Willoughby, Introduction to Joinery; and Endeavour to Will Moreland, Light Marine Engineering Level 1.
For the second years, the award for Achievement went to Claire Stokes on the National Diploma in Watersports; Progress to Louise Boddington, Introduction to Joinery; and Endeavour to Theo Pound Light Marine Engineering Level 2.
Claire Stokes who received the Achievement award for her consistent high standard of work said: "I'm really pleased about receiving this award. I've been working really hard and this is a really good incentive to keep it up."
Claire will complete her two year course in July after which, she hopes to return to New Zealand where she had been living and working prior to coming back to the UK, to study for a degree in outdoor education.
Dan Newsome, Course Manager Watersports NVQ said: "We nominated Claire because she takes everything on with a really professional attitude. She really leads the way for others on her. As a mature student she has really risen to every challenge and been a real asset to the course."
Dave Linnell OBE, Principal of Cornwall College commented: "it is important to encourage and reward students when they do well, whether this be in their studies or in their general attitude and dedication. Congratulations to all the nominees and the winners."