The only time I ever seem to visit the Liverpool Angican Cathedral is for award ceremony.
Last night I attended the second of the two Sefton Education Business Partnership (SEBP) Complete Award Graduation Ceremony for 2010.
The two VIP guests were Radio City presenter Tim Cocker and Everton Football Club manager, David Moyes, who got a roof raising applause. I guess with Liverpool playing last night, we had a lot of Everton fans in attendance.
This ceremony honours year 10 & 11 students, who have engaged with SEBP in a number of activities including:
- Enterprise Challenge Days
- Mock Interviews
- Work Placements, and
- Leadership Activities
The children that received awards at this ceremony where from the following schools:
I am sure there will be a lot of pupils, who will not be washing their hands for a while.
- Savio Salesian College
- Newfield School and Specialist College
- St Wilfred's Catholic High School
- Birkdale High School
- Presfield School
- Deyes High School, and
- St George of England Specialist Engineering College
Entertainment was provided by the pupils of:
The key message of the evening was not only to award the achievements of the pupils, but that with focus, determination, hard work and faith that anything is achievable.
- Sefton Schools Saxophone Ensemble
- Savio Salesian College - Performing Without You and Hallelujah
- Presfield School - Performing Circle of Life, and
- Newfield School and Specialist College - Performing Clocks and You Are Not Alone
Tim Cocker said "that it does not matter if you do not have all the answers at any given point, as long as you have a goal and youo are willing to work hard, be open and make sacrifices that you will get to where you want to be"
David Moyes said "that the season had been a tough one, with injuries, but the youth academy was enabling him to nring young players into his team. His family always believes that the future always lies in investing in the youth of today"
Mike Swift, Chairman of SEBP, presented the Outstanding Achivement Awards and ended the ceremony, noting that "the youth of today are constantly being vilified in the media as a problem, but tonight we have a chance to see what our young of today are achieving in our schols in Sefton".
But the highlight for me of the evening was the performance of Circle of Life, by Presfield School. It was such a poignant performance that there was very few dry eyes within the cathedral.
The only reason I did not cry was because I was not wearing waterproof mascara, and I would have looked like a panda, when I got my photo taken with David Moyes.
But on a serious note their performance reminded my the reason why I volunteer with the SEBP and how fortunate I am that I can, because I want to make a difference in someone's life, and be able to touch them for the better, and that was what the pupils at last night ceremony did for me.