Award for Rebecca
Billericay School Scoops ‘Who Will Care Awards?’
Rebecca Fitzgerald, year 13 was the overall winner of the Essex ‘Who Will Care?’ Awards, securing the Individual Young Person Volunteer Award. Another year 13 Billericay School student, Isabella Newsum was a finalist, recognising her voluntary work for SNAP and Barnado’s.
Rebecca has volunteered 4 hours weekly at St Luke’s Hospice, Basildon for over 2 years. Her role has included tasks such as collecting drugs, cleaning and making breakfast, but it has been interacting with patients that Rebecca has especially enjoyed. Rebecca aims to build on her experiences and begin study for a degree in Medicine this autumn.
At school we have been particularly impressed by how Rebecca has inspired others. She has recently presented to over 120 students in year 13, outlining the nature and rewards of her experiences, undoubtedly making other students consider the potential role of volunteering in their lives too. Equally she has highlighted the role of the hospice in delivering a vital service within the community. Rebecca’s example has inspired another student to regularly volunteer at St Luke’s Hospice too, underlining how one example can inspire another, benefitting the hospice and all connected to its work.
Photo prize for Kieran
Rotary Photographic Competition Prize Winner: Kieran Coyne
Kieran Coyne, year 13, has recently won first prize in the Rotary Photographic Competition. A highly talented Media student, Kieran chose the theme of reflections for his competition entries. Kieran explained how each photo had required multiple shots in order to capture the optimum image, and how his use of monochrome enhanced the impressions he hoped to convey.
Kieran aims to go to Sussex University this year to follow a course in Media Practice. Having recently secured a summer work placement at Warner Brothers, Kieran is excited at this prospect of furthering his understanding and experience in preparation for his degree, followed by a media related career.
Two of Kieran’s prize winning photographic entries.
Success for Lauren
Our congratulations go to Lauren Slade (Year 12) who has won a science writing competition run by the The Triple Helix Society at the University of Cambridge.
Her article, X-Rays: A Transparently Momentous Discovery, has been published in The Science in Society Review, a journal distributed by the University of Cambridge with a global reach. We are sure that after this initial success with her scientific writing we will see more of Lauren’s work published in the future.
Sixth Form student wins CV Writing Competition
Estelle Deacon in Year 13 has won a Laptop, having entered a competition organised by QualitySolicitors Hill & Abbott, Chelmsford. Estelle had to send in a covering letter and CV for her dream job, and she impressed the judges so much that she emerged the winner from participants from a number of Essex schools.
A team from QualitySolicitors Hill & Abbott have recently conducted 2 sessions with 60 year 12 students, introducing them to valuable skills that will help prepare them for the world of work.