Emotions run high as Axminster pupils say farewell

PUBLISHED: 08:56 28 July 2019 | UPDATED: 10:12 01 August 2019

Award winning St Mary’s RC School  pupils Bailey Galloway and Will Studley with Catenians Bruce Kahn and David Gale. Picture: Catenians

Award winning St Mary’s RC School pupils Bailey Galloway and Will Studley with Catenians Bruce Kahn and David Gale. Picture: Catenians

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There was fun, laughter - and a few tears - when Axminster St Mary’s RC School held its leavers day.

Year 6 students, who in September will move to their new schools, reflected on the happy times spent with their peers, friendships, events and residential visits.

Each presented a record of their memories and thanked headteacher Elaine Mannix, the teachers and school staff.

The leavers were awarded a certificate highlighting their abilities and achievements.

For the first time, the year's Award of Excellence, presented to the outstanding student contributing most to school life, was shared by two pupils - Bailey Galloway and Will Studley.

The award is sponsored by the Exeter Circle of the Catenian Association, which was represented at the presentations by Bruce Kahn and David Gale.

Among the attributes required to win the award are care, consideration and respect to peers and staff, together with diligence and attitude towards work.

The Catenians also sponsor the school's public speaking competition, open to its oldest pupils on the theme of 'people who make a difference'. This year's winner was Poppy Walsh who gave a talk about Emmeline Pankhurst.

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