A student at Saint John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy who rushed to a pensioner’s aid after she fell in the street was among those recognised at an awards evening.

Current Year 11 and last year’s Year 11 students received certificates and trophies in recognition of their dedication, success and hard work.

Awards were handed out for academic achievement and progress in subject areas and there was also a series of special honours for students.

Student James Kells picked up three awards; one in recognition of his actions when he helped a pensioner after she fell and injured herself.

The Hugh Gannon Trophy, which is awarded to the student who most typifies the spirit of Saint John Houghton CVA, went to Evie Taddeo.

The evening was hosted by Head Boy Adam Kavanagh and Head Girl Anna Pancisi and guests included the Bishop of Nottingham, Patrick McKinney, and chair of governors Cathy Gabriel.

Joan McCarthy, head teacher at Saint John Houghton, addressed the audience of students, staff and families.

She said: “It’s great to see the class of 2016 and we thank you for coming back and being with us tonight. 2016 has been an interesting year in general and it has been a time of great change for some people. Change is always happening and things will continue to change, you have already changes so much since you left us. We have to embrace change, live with it and accept it but there is one constant in our lives and that is the love of our family and friends and of our God. I hope that you will always feel that love you experienced here; you will never be forgotten.”

Mrs McCarthy also thanked staff for their hard work and the families of the students for their support before welcoming the Bishop McKinney.

Bishop McKinney said he was delighted to be present at the academy’s Celebration of Achievement evening.

He said: “It’s lovely to be here with you this evening. Catholic education is about developing intelligence and talent and those skills are to be encouraged and each person must realise their full potential but this is not to be used just for oneself. You must use your skills and talents for the benefit of others as every person is to be valued and respected.

“It was so nice to hear that one of the awards went to a young man who saw someone in need and responded.”

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