A fantastic year of sporting success was celebrated at Henlow Church of England Academy with a sports award evening.
Head of PE Lisa Carter organised the event to mark the dedication, enthusiasm and passion of pupils for all sports, as well as to recognise success at county level.
Headteacher Caren Earp spoke about the importance of the health benefits of sport, but stressed that sport at Henlow was most definitely more than just a health fix.
She said the many hours spent training and playing football, hockey, tennis, netball, rounders, rugby, basketball and doing archery, cross country, gymnastics and dance, revealed a commitment to the universal sporting values of respect, determination, passion, teamwork and honesty.
In a special video message recorded earlier in the day, Casey Stoney, England World Cup women’s football bronze medallist, told pupils to ‘Dare to Dream’. She encouraged pupils to make the most of their time in school, to listen to their coaches and to their teachers and to make sure that they worked hard to achieve their potential.
She likened Henlow’s best ever year of sporting success to her own best ever year in her career and showed her bronze medal as a motivation for pupils to make their dreams come true. Casey had been present at the school sports day earlier, as part of her work with Sky Sports for Living.
Stories were recounted of pupils overcoming personal, medical and physical hurdles to compete and succeed, as well as awards made to those who had represented the school the most in each year group - Henlow Caps.
A poignant, but memorable moment was when Mr Jaggard spoke to pupils and presented the Jaggard Cup - dedicated in the name of his son, Neil, who died in a tragic accident aged just 12.
It was the first time since 1982 that Mr Jaggard had felt able to present the award and his softly spoken words about his son and how much Neil had loved sport hit home with parents and pupils alike.
Jessica Harper was delighted and overwhelmed to receive the cup - having just broken the school record for the 100m that afternoon - and she was honoured to receive the cup.
Additional recognition for the Jaggard family in the sporting arena came in the form of Mr Jaggard’s grandson, Roger Mackay, who won the Unsung Hero Award in the Year 8 boys category.
Finishing with the Sports Personality of the Year award, Lisa Carter, head of PE, thanked the audience of 200 for all of the support that they had shown to their children - for the kit washing, taxi service, cheering and shouting and general support of their children.
Year 5 Daniel Ward
Year 6 Alex Maxwell
Year 7 Joseph James Lawson
Year 8 Lewis Pitcairn
Year 5 Millie Rogers
Year 6 Charlotte Tarttelin
Year 7 Tabitha Brown Ayesha Brown
Year 8 Danielle Vince
Jaggard Athletics Cup
Year 5 / 6 boys
Year 5 Joshua Stock
Year 5 Ellie Quinlan
Year 6 Benn Robson
Year 6 Charlotte Tartellin
Year 7 / 8 boys
Year 7 Max Whittaker Mead
Year 8 Roger Mackay Joshua Scoot
Year 7 Freya Rutt
Year 8 Darcey Bowles
Team of the Year
Year 7 & 8 Girls Football
Sports Personality of the Year