Chippenham pupil’s endearing qualities recalled at awards evening

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A trophy presented in memory of Chris Paduch, one of the first ever students at Chippenham’s Abbeyfield School, who died aged just 16 from a brain haemorrhage, brought back difficult memories for teacher Matt Rose.

Maths teacher Mr Rose read a citation at the Abbeyfield Year 11 presentation that focused on Chris’ many endearing qualities.

He said: “Chris was a happy, funny, bright student.

“He had silly nicknames for people, amusing excuses for being late, and took great delight in hiding my lesson plans, but he did his work.”

Chris was in Mr Rose’s tutor group when he joined the school on the day it opened in September 2000.

He died four years later and his family donated a cup for excellence to be presented each year in his memory.

This year the award went to Gary Matthews, who left Year 11 in the summer and is now studying for a BTEC in sports studies.

Mr Rose said: “One teacher summed up Gary Matthews as being a model student.

“Chris would have respected Gary for striving to be as good as he could be.

“Various teachers have reflected on Gary’s application: The happiest student in the class – he remained committed to his studies, he was resolved and determined. He always had a positive view on life. Always polite and helpful, quiet and diligent, never in trouble.”

During the evening, pupils who had done well in each subject were presented with special awards.

These included the Probus Award which went to James Stanley, The Ashman Award for Endeavour was awarded to Kate Tyrer, the award for most enterprising student went to George Fenwick, the award for academic excellence was presented to Lisa Head and Dominic Clark received the award for the most outstanding student.

Col Mark Nash, who served in the Army Intelligent Corps from 1984 to 2006, presented the prizes.

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