Three honoured by talent awards in pupils’ memory
THREE talented pupils have been remembered in a poignant ceremony when students were given awards in their honour.
Students at Fallibroome Academy were presented with performing arts awards in memory of three pupils who died in tragic circumstances.
It was the first year the school has presented awards in memory of Robert Hart, who died a year ago after being attacked at Parklife festival in Manchester, and Sophie Spencer, who died after a car crash in November.
They were presented alongside an award in memory of Fergus Moran, a keen rock guitarist who died in 2008 aged just 12 from a rare lung condition.
The Performing Arts Night of Achievement celebrates the efforts of hundreds of students in dance, music, drama and media, in the school and community.
It was an emotional night for the families who said the awards help to keep memories of their loved ones alive.
Robert Hart’s mum Elaine, who lives in Bollington, presented the Rob Hart Inspiration Award to Year 12 student Matt Jevons for his achievements in Music Technology.
Mrs Hart said: “We were very proud to present the award in memory of Robert, it was an emotional evening.
“Robert loved music and it’s a fitting tribute that this award will be presented each year in his memory.”
Former student Sophie Spencer was 24 when she died after her car hit a tree on Macclesfield Road last November. The keen actor, singer and dancer was honoured with the Sophie’s Star award for outstanding achievement in music theatre.
The award went to Year 13 student Phoebe Ransome.
Lena Spencer, Sophie’s mum, said: “It was beautiful and a real honour. Sophie would have been overwhelmed.”
The award in memory of Fergus Moran has been presented for the past seven years. This year it went to guitarist Jonny Mitchell from Year 13 and was once again presented by his parents, Fiona and Dave Moran.
Mrs Moran said: “We were delighted to be able to present this award again. It means so much to the family because it helps keep Fergus’ memory alive and reflects his love of rock music.”
Karen Fay, director of Performing Arts, said: “The evening was an incredible and often moving and uplifting reminder of the impact performing arts have on the lives of the students at Fallibroome, past and present.”
Fallibroome students Rob Hart (below, with girlfriend Gemma Parry), Sophie Spencer (above left) and Fergus Moran (above right), pictured with mum Fiona
●● Elaine Hart and executive principal of the Fallibroome Trust, Peter Rubery, present Matt Jevons with the Rob Hart Inspiration Award
●● Phoebe Ransome with Sophie’s parents Lena and Pete Spencer and her Sophie’s Star award
●● Jonny Mitchell with his award and Fergus’s parents, Fiona and Dave Moran