Local Author at Upper School Awards
Sir William Robertson Academy welcomed locally raised author, Jackie Buxton as its guest of honour at its Upper School Awards Ceremony on Tuesday 24th November where the school celebrated the success achieved by individual pupils in last year’s Year 9 and Year 10. Jackie’s book Tea and Chemo, ‘Fighting cancer, living life’ was launched on Monday published by Urbane Publications. Her fictional novel, Glass Houses will be published in June 2016 and her second novel, Misguidance, is in progress, both of which have been winners or runners up in The Oxford Editors annual and the Writers’ Billboard monthly first chapter competitions. Jackie is a teacher of creative writing in adult education, an official judge on BBC Radio Two’s 500 Words competition, editor of short stories and novels, a keen blogger and book reviewer for regional lifestyle magazine, Chase.
Jackie helped present pupils with their subject awards of gift vouchers recognising their progress and achievement through the year before going on to present a number of trophies for outstanding achievement. Jackie addressed the audience of almost 200 people taking them through her journey of never giving up on her dream of becoming a published author.
Mr Mark Guest, Headteacher commented: “It was a privilege to welcome Jackie to the school. Her address to students and their families was captivating and most inspiring, charting her journey on becoming a published author. It was a memorable occasion celebrating the hard work and achievement of our Upper School students over the last academic year.”
Musical entertainment was provided by Sixth Former, Tom Lane who sang a song from the school’s forthcoming production of Beauty and the Beast.
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Click to see the Awards Programme for a full list of Award winners.