Monthly Archives - April 2022

Awards Evening to Celebrate Success 

Painsley Catholic College was delighted to be able to return to a face to face awards evening on Wednesday 6th April, after a couple of years of disruption due to Covid.  The event was still scaled down, in order to reduce infection risk, however, 147 students were invited to receive awards on the special evening with one guest to accompany them.

Students from Years 7 to 10 received Outstanding Attainment and Progress Awards, 64 of these going to Year 7 students who started at the College in September.  Students from Year 11 received Subject, Outstanding Effort, Senior Sports, D&E Matthews Award for Cricket and Special Awards and students from Year 13 received fourteen Special Awards.

Sophia Ferocino, James Howard (Year 10 students) and Madelyn Hammonds (Year 8) received the Robert Bickerton Endeavour Award, given to students who received the most number of nominations from all departments within the school and who have also had at least three 100% effort certificates this academic year.  William Simpson (Year 10) was the Faith in Action award.

Special guests in attendance included Cllr Sue Walley, Mayor of Cheadle, and her consort, Mr K Walley who presented a civic award to Emre Tezgel.  Cllr L Swindlehurst, Mayor of Leek) and her consort and Mr P and Mrs A Lomas from the Cheadle Rotary Club.

Mr Steven Bell, as Chief Executive Officer of the Painsley MAC, was the Guest of Honour and he presented the awards.

“The Painsley Catholic College Annual Awards evening is one of the main events in our calendar,” commented Mrs Rachel Waugh, Principal at Painsley Catholic College. “Although we had to reduce numbers this year, it was fantastic to be able to return to holding the event in person.  We have an excellent cohort of students and it is amazing to be able to reward our learners with such a prestigious event.  Congratulations to all of our winners, and my thanks to our special guests who were able to attend.”

The College has also had presentation ceremonies for all year groups following the evening to share additional awards for effort, sport, drama, music, UK maths challenge and world book day winners.
Painsley finalists

Painsley Students Celebrate Majority Win at Future Journalist Awards  

Painsley Catholic College is delighted to announce that twelve of its students have made the winners list of this year’s Future Journalist Awards.  The awards were announced during an awards ceremony held at Staffordshire University.

The awards are an annual competition hosted by the university’s journalism department and organised by third-year Sports Journalism students.  Open to young people aged seven to 18, the competition gives aspiring journalists a way to showcase their work, submitting an article, review, or blog, or creating a short video or audio clip.  Of the 18 awards available to secondary school students, Painsley students were awarded 12, an overwhelming majority.

Danielle Booker, PR lecturer at Staffordshire University, said: “We had a record number of submissions this year, with over 500 entries, and the standard of the work was extremely high.

“Due to the pandemic, this has been our first in-person awards ceremony since 2019 and it’s been fantastic to welcome our finalists and their families and teachers to the university.

“I think we have some extremely talented young people, ready to be the next generation of bloggers, vloggers, broadcasters and journalists.”

During the ceremony, special guest speaker Laura Watson, business editor at The Sentinel and Stoke-on-Trent Live, shared highlights from her career and provided advice on pursuing a career in media.

“It’s really important that we encourage children to get involved from a young age, so they know what’s expected of them,” said Laura.

“There was nothing like this around when I was at school, and I think the competition is a really good way of showcasing the industry to aspiring journalists.”

Sports commentator Seb Hutchinson, who completed a Master’s degree in Broadcast Journalism at Staffordshire University, recorded a special video message for the awards.

Seb has worked with the UK’s leading sports broadcasters such as Sky, BT Sport, and ITV, and has covered some of the world's biggest sporting events, including the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Rugby World Cup, and the UEFA Champions League.

Each winner received a £50 Amazon voucher and an opportunity to take part in a Newsday experience in the University’s newsroom facilities.

Mrs Rachel Waugh, Principal at Painsley Catholic College said, “ I am thrilled and incredibly proud of our finalists, runners-up and winners. What an incredible achievement! All those who took part are to be congratulated on their amazing talents and achievements, this is a wonderful accolade for each of our students and indeed our college.”

The Painsley winners are listed below:

Years 7-9

Written Runner-up: Louis Mellor

Written Runner-up: Holly Jones

Written Winner: Millie Bradshaw 

Audio Runner-up: Lucy Kieher-Knapper

Audio Runner-up: Eli Hughes

Video Runner-up: Scarlett Nichols

Video Runner-up: Jacob Konen

Video Winner: Isabelle Histead 

Years 10-11

Written Runner-up:  James Thorley

  Years 12-13

Written Runner-up: Lucy Davies

Special prize winners:

VR Experience Winner: Lila Melnykevicova 

Co-op Hamper Winner: Elizabeth Booth