December 2015: New award in memory of former head

GCSE 2015

A SPECIAL trophy was awarded at Haslingden High School’s awards’ evening in memory of former Head Teacher Richard Marshall.

Mr Marshall died in November last year and Rossendale Rotary Club, where he was a past president, donated the new award in his memory. It was presented to Jamie Gamble for services to the community.

Head Teacher Mark Jackson welcomed more than 400 guests to the presentation evening.

He shared his Christmas present list, which included Matthew Syed’s second book ‘Black Box’ thinking.

Both Mr Syed’s books looked at the evidence behind what made successful individuals and organisations and concluded there were many common features.

The clear message was that success is not about genetics, but was within the grasp of everyone… if they wanted it enough.

He congratulated the students on their examination results and was pleased that many had chosen to continue their education in the school’s Sixth Form.

Guest speaker was founder of Metis HR Alison Driver and a light hearted, entertaining speech was given by their former Head of Year Davis Shaw and Head of School Gary Wilson which included footage of the students attending school for their taster session when they were still in primary school.

A number of faculty prizes for excellence and endeavour were awarded along with seven main prizes.

Special guests this year were Chris Laithwaite, president of Rossendale Rotary Club, and Mr Marshall’s daughter Susan.

The evening was rounded off with mulled wine and mince pies.