Olympic achievements at Plumpton College

Shan Dexterin Industry News

Plumpton College held its annual student awards ceremony recently, with over 2,000 students, parents and guests attending. Judy Llewellyn-Burke, Chair of Governors of the College welcomed students, staff and guests including the guest of honour, Peter Field, The Lord Lieutenant for East Sussex.

The Principal reported that students had worked hard to achieve successes, sometimes against considerable odds and all College staff were proud of students' individual achievements. The College encouraged students to participate in shows and events during their time at College and students had been successful in competitions including at the South of England Show; both Southern and Northern competitions held by 3 ATC Forestry and Arboriculture and also in inter- college Floristry awards.

Equine students played a major part in organising College horse shows. A student on the College's Concordia programme, studying the Plumpton College Management & Supervisory Training programme, which leads to the CMI Diploma in First Line Management, had won the prestigious Farmworker of the Year award. Game management students had competed in various inter- college competitions.
The first cohort of Veterinary Nursing graduate students had received their degrees in 2012.

Student activities included environmental and conservation projects and educational field trips, both within the UK and overseas.

Several thousand students had visited the Children's Rural Education Centre and the College's Centre for Food Farming and Forestry at Flimwell.

A diverse range of students attend the college, ranging from 14 to 16 year olds on school programmes, through to students completing degree courses.

Wine staff were involved in international competitions and had presented major scientific research papers. The College has successfully bid to host the 2016 Cool Climate Symposium.

In partnership with the National Trust, the Outdoor Education department had acquired an outdoor centre in Snowdonia, which will provide a valuable resource for training students from this department.

The Principal concluded his report with appreciation of the sporting, social and academic excellence of both staff and students, also giving thanks for the generosity and support from organisations and sponsors, especially in these difficult economic times.

Peter Field encouraged the students to continue their lifelong study, towards helping in their future careers.

Hannah Hooton, on behalf of the student body, proposed a vote of thanks to all present, thanking The Principal, governors and staff for their efforts in inspiring, developing and sharing knowledge. Judy Llewellyn-Burke, Chairman of Governors, thanked guests, and especially the Governors for their efforts, knowledge and expertise. The College was keen to foster close relationships with stakeholders, and the input, and support of sponsors was essential.
Staff and management were praised for their tremendous achievements, dedication and commitment at the end of another successful academic year at Plumpton College.

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