Well done to all our Class of 2018 at our Certificate Presentation Evening last night. The Special Guest was Education Consultant Victoria Rigby, who also works on her family farm, and who was inspirational as she talked to students about seizing their opportunities, being proud of their achievements and believing they can do anything. Over the five years at SJF, the talented musicians and actors of the Class of 2018 had taken part in school productions such as Billy Elliot, Jesus Christ Superstar and Our Day Out. There were trips to Barcelona and the battlefields of Belgium and France. There was plenty of fundraising, competition winners and students who have earned rugby league and union scholarships. The Special Award For Overall Contribution To The Life Of School Over Five Years, donated by Ashton Insurance Services, was David Hill. David said: “I got £150 from Ashton and that will go towards funding my trip to Lourdes next year.” David is studying PP Musical Theatre at Runshaw College after coming through a tough audition and getting the grades he needed. “I was involved with all the productions at SJF and loved my time at school.” Thomas Rogers was presented with the Chris O’Brien Trophy for Best Examination Results. He was also presented with awards for Excellence in French, History, Spanish and Progress in English. He achieved three Grade 9s, five 8s as well as A* and more! Head Teacher’s Trophy for Excellent Examination Results was Daniel Nash, who went home with a host of trophies. He also won the Trophy for Upper School award for Performing Arts, Excellence in Geography, Maths, Music and Science. Daniel is a Grade Seven trumpet player, starting out when he was Year Four, and has played at the Albert Hall with Wigan Youth Brass Band in 2015. Head of Year Award for Outstanding GCSE results was shared by Patrick Duffy, who got 12 GCSEs including a 9 in Maths, and Anwin Salan, who also celebrated 12 GCSEs with a 9 in RE. Head Teacher Mrs Rigby said: “SJF will have given these students skills to help to tackle life and any obstacles they may come up against. They have made memories and life-long friendships have been forged.” There were outstanding performances on the night from current SJF students on the trumpet, piano and flute as well as talented singers and dancers.