Catenian Shield Winner 2015/16

The Catenian Shield is presented by North Glamorgan Catenian Association to a pupil in Bishop Hedley who has given most to the school in all aspects of school life throughout Key Stage 3. This is not simply an academic award but rather is presented annually to a pupil, who is a good “all-rounder” and gives 100% to everything he or she does.

It is always difficult to choose a winner for this award as we are very fortunate here in school to have a number of pupils who contribute to school life in so many ways. We have pupils who will always volunteer to take part in concerts, charity days, the celebration of Mass at school, the School Eisteddfod, drama productions, sit on the School Council and so many other events.

In addition to this, there is in Bishop Hedley a wide range of clubs and societies which pupils can join and these too play an important part in the life of our school. We will often find that there is a core of Year 9 students who will, it seems to be, take part in everything, so to single out just one pupil for this award was not an easy task.

The winner of this award this year is a girl who is a good “all rounder” in school. She works very hard in lessons and has met her end of Key Stage 3 targets; she has received certificates for that this morning.  She has received some certificates this morning from her subject teachers.  However, she is a most caring pupil who can always be depended on to look after new pupils and look out for them.  It is true to say that this pupil is well admired and liked by staff and pupils alike for her caring nature, her sense of humour, her work ethic and her kindness.  She is always willing to have fun and joins in the Eisteddfod activities, sporting and musical activities in school.   On our annual charity afternoon she is always painting nails, selling cakes or encouraging pupils to pay up and splat the teacher!  Oh yes, she is well liked!!!

However, what a lot of her friends in school will not know is that she also spends a considerable amount of time and effort doing charity work outside school. She has recently spent a lot of time raising money for the roof at St. Mary’s Church in Merthyr Tydfil and has helped to organise other parish fundraising committee events.  She is always ready and willing to nobble people to buy raffle tickets or sign up to raising money for the church.

Despite all this, it is her work with HCPT Group 102 which is most worthy of praise. Within the past year she has taken part in two 10 mile sponsored walks, she has walked up Penyfan which is not an easy walk by anyone’s standards.  She has helped out at curry nights and afternoon teas raising money towards the handicapped children’s pilgrimage to Lourdes at Easter.  I am told that nothing phases her.  But ….  what always amazes me more than anything is the way she interacts with others in her class.  She is kind and well respected, always willing to help those less fortunate than herself.  She undoubtedly contributes to the life of our school here in many ways.