On Tuesday 22nd November, ALNS held its Annual Awards Evening celebrating the achievements of children last year from all year groups. Over 280 children and their parents together with Governors, staff and VIP guests joined us for an evening showcasing some of our best performing talent at ALNS alongside the presentation of awards to congratulate our top achievers across all aspects of school life in 2015-16!
As always, it was a wonderful evening and we were delighted to welcome Lauren Steadman as our VIP guest speaker, who talked inspirationally to a packed hall of over 500 people. Lauren studies at Portsmouth University, she has already completed a degree in psychology and is just finishing her Master’s degree this year. At the same time as all that studying, Lauren also managed to win a silver Paralympic medal in Rio in 2016 as well as having been world champion for many years in her chosen sport of paratriathlon. Lauren spoke incredibly passionately to our students, giving them some excellent advice about never giving up, having self-belief and putting in the hard work that is needed as you strive to reach your goals in life. We hope to welcome her back to ALNS again soon!
I finished the evening off with a few words and finished by paying tribute on behalf of ALNS to every member of staff who has given the school more than 10 years’ service, which meant reading out a very long list of over 50 current staff who have altogether given around 700 years of service to Admiral Lord Nelson School! Quite an astonishing level of personal commitment, especially given the fact that the school is itself only 21 years old!