Honours Blazers 2015-2016

Congratulations to a small number of elite achievers at Grosvenor who began the current school year, at the beginning of September, as amongst the first students in the School’s history to proudly exhibit its prestigious new Honours Blazer.

The introduction of the new Honours Blazer as the ultimate recognition of achievement within the School comes following an extensive review of the honours system which featured consultation with a range pupils, parents, staff and the Board of Governors. Following much debate and discussion a new, four-tiered, system was introduced featuring the Honours Blazer (highest achievement), Stag, Flash and Badge. 

The School’s Honours Blazer is reserved for those pupils who are regarded as having achieved the pinnacle of success in their chosen field and, at the end of the last academic year, a total of five pupils in Senior School and eleven pupils in Junior School were recognised for their elite-level achievements in a range of activities.

In the Senior School the Honours Blazer was awarded to: rugby player Erin Caughey (Ulster Under 18 team captain at the 2014 Interprovincial Championships); footballer Callum Byers (Northern Ireland Under 18 Schoolboys team member), cricketer Stuart Nelson (captain of the N.C.U.  Under 15 XI, and participator, for Ireland, at the Under 15 European Championships), table tennis star Emma Ludlow (selected for Northern Ireland at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and also the All-Ireland Senior Womens’ Champion in 2014) and, finally, gymnast Sarah Beck (chosen to represent Northern Ireland at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, as well as Ireland at the 2015 World Championships, held in China, following which she became the first Irish competitor to ever have a gymnastics move approved and named after them).

In the junior school, meanwhile, recipients of the new Honours Blazer included swimmer Hannah James (Ulster Schools’ Butterfly Champion),table tennis players Lucy Craig and Emma Kee (both Ulster Schools' Individual Champions in their respective age categories) and footballer Megan Bell (member of the IFA’s elite Girls’ Football Regional Excellence Squad).

So too the Junior Boys’ 4x 100 metres relay team of Fynn Bailie, Charlie McMullan, Ryan Downes and Ben Gilmore, who also placed 2nd at the Ulster Schools’ Championships in the individual 100 metres event, as well as the Intermediate team of Ben Stevenson, Andrew Proctor, Jonny Little and Nathan Chan, were each recognised for their attainment of silver medals in their respective age groups at the Irish Schools’ Championships, held in Tullamore in early June.

Many congratulations to each of Grosvenor’s outstanding performers who were presented with their Honour Blazers by Dr. Vasey in June and who now have the opportunity to proudly wear their blazers within School as recognition of the superb achievements; the School now looks forward to rewarding further elite achievements from its pupils over the coming academic year.