The annual Awards Evening for the Year 7-11 students at The British School of Kuwait (BSK) took place in lavish style at the Al Baraka Ballroom at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, as parents and staff celebrated the many and varied achievements of the school year 2015-16 in the presence of BSK Chairman Mr Sadiq Al Mutawa and BSK Founder Madame Vera Al Mutawa.
The Secondary Head Teacher, Emma Bowie, welcomed parents, staff and students, before delivering her Annual Report, including recent developments and plans for further improvement.
Ms. Bowie reviewed Secondary phase developments which included: Academics, examination successes and University destinations, extracurricular successes, and sporting successes.
Parents were delighted to learn that BSK’s June 2016 examination results at IGCSE and GCSE were outstanding, with 96% A*-C, 95% A-E at AS Level and a 98% A*-E at A Level were also highly commendable.
Ms. Bowie informed parents and guests that, once again, many Year 13 students had decided to pursue their degree courses in Britain, with destinations including King’s College, University College London, the University of the Arts London, the School of Oriental and African Studies, the University of Birmingham and Cardiff University. Other Year 13 graduates opted to purse their studies elsewhere, their destinations including Ireland, Canada, Australia, Hungary, Switzerland and the UAE.
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 was read by the Assistant Head Teacher, John Lambert.
The Awards Evening also honoured over 200 students who achieved Excellence Awards in 2015-16. The Rolls of Honour were read by Department Coordinators Sylvain Kerzerho, Assistant Department Coordinator Hannah Glendinning, Simon Amura and Dr Clifford Cheung.
The BSK string orchestra, under the baton of Galina Bojilova, served up a feast of music including the Pomp and Circumstance (No.4) by Edward Elgar during the interlude, as well as processional music in the form The Dam Busters by Eric Coates and Richard Rodger’s My Favourite Things.
The guest of honour was Dr Adel Al Yousifi, Senior Vice Chairman of Al Yousifi Company and as a past president of ToastMaster, he narrated a story about an old woman he had met in earlier years and the moral of the story was that the old woman was actually our conscience.
Well matched by Dr Adel Al Yousifi’s speech, Grade 8 LAMDA Gold Medallist public speaker, Deputy Head Boy, Saad Zahoor performed an outstanding reply speech on ‘How to look liek you’re giving a speech.’
The final student awards of the evening were the Head Teachers’ Awards, presented by, Ms. Bowie, Dr Yousifi and Vera Al-Mutawa. Five such awards were conferred, to one student from each of the previous Years 6-11, with the awards going to Mahrukh Zahoor, Renée Sarmiento, Sadia Islam, Narrayan Raam Sankar and Donaven Lobo.
BSK Principal, Paul Shropshire, rounded off the evening by proposing a vote of thanks, congratulating the students on their great successes and looking ahead to another year of hard work and exceptional achievements.