7th of March 2013 marked the first Edge Hill Schools’ University Leadership Award Ceremony where the leadership of 56 students from Huyton Arts and Sports Centre for Learning (HASCL) was officially recognised. A total of 180 student leaders, parents, Edge Hill staff, Knowsley councillors, local Navy Cadets and HASCL staff attended the ceremony that was held at HASCL.
The student leaders were addressed by Dr Vicky Duckworth and Associate Dean Dr Peter Townley whose enlightening speeches set many young minds reflecting on the meaning of leadership. The award presentation took centre stage thereafter with student leaders receiving their certificate from Dr Duckworth. HASCL students can achieve leadership recognition at bronze, silver, gold, platinum and University Colours level. Once they have achieved bronze level, students get awarded with a leadership tie and are encouraged to aim for the next level. For each level of recognition, students need to engage successfully in a range of leadership activities as suggested in their Schools’ University leadership passport.
The night was not just an awards presentation. There were glimpses of excitement as the audience watched the video of the student leaders expressing their various contributions to the community to Rhianna’s “Shine bright like a diamond” tune. Two Year 8 students also eloquently recited Rudyard Kipling’s famous leadership poem “IF” whilst another two students shared with the audience their interpretation of the Dalai Lama’s “Instructions for life”.
It was truly a special night for these students who have put in much time and efforts in developing their leadership skills. Congratulations to all the award recipients!