Presentation Evening 2016

On Wednesday, 23 March 2016, Arthur Mellows Village College held its annual Presentation Evening, during which certificates and awards were presented to a representative number of students, indicative of real success achieved at all levels. It is a tradition that such successes have become an established expectation at Arthur Mellows. 

Our guest speaker this year was Cassidy Little. In 2011 whilst on his second tour of Afghanistan, as part of 42 Commando, Cassidy lost his right leg in an IED blast. He was placed in an induced coma for a week and hospitalised for two months. 

Three months out of hospital Cassidy met Director Stephen Rayne and writer 

Own Sheers, and as part of Bravo 22 Company was offered the lead role of Charlie in ‘The Two World’s of Charlie F’. He worked with Sir Trevor Nunn and Ray Winston on the highly successful run and London dates at The Theatre Royal Haymarket. The company brings some awareness to the audience of the soldiers and marines experiences after injury, using a cast of injured 

military personnel on stage with actors. 

Last year, Cassidy was selected from over 11,000 nominations to take part in the first ever ‘BBC’s Peoples Strictly in aid of Comic Relief’ with dance partner Natalie Lowe. Cassidy was nominated for his bravery after the blast as he continued to still try to help other injured personnel and has been a huge support to others in rehab despite his own injuries. 

Cassidy and Natalie won the famous glitter ball, with their Paso Doble and on Christmas Day 2015, they danced the jive in the ‘Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special’. 

The College was extremely pleased, and honoured that Cassidy agreed to be the Guest Speaker at this event. 

Academic results for the College are only one indication of success. In other areas, particularly sporting and cultural, many individuals and groups of students have been involved at all levels. The evening celebrated success in all areas with a large number of awards being presented. 

Mike Sandeman, Head of College, said: “The evening was very enjoyable and a chance to catch up with students and to hear about the next step in their career path which in many cases is at university. I had much pleasure in offering my congratulations to all students collecting certificates and awards and hope that this Presentation Evening is not only a true celebration of their achievement but an indication of future success.”