STAR students old and new were celebrated at a St Benedict's Catholic High School physical education and performing arts awards ceremony last week.

The event praised talented students who excel in PE and achieve in sport.

St Benedict's awards evening, which took place on Tuesday June 25, also recognised performing arts with musical performances to showcase their ability.

Former pupils Rachel Blaney and Gary Charlton returned to the school at the event and recognised the achievements of current pupils.

As well as award presentations, the evening involved the recognition of high performing athletes. A number of students were selected to represent their county in the English Schools Championships. Evie Riley was selected for the Junior Girls 800m; Finlay Starkie was selected for the Junior Boys 800m and Aaron Holliday was selected for the Junior Boys hammer throw.

Head of PE and Performing Arts, Lisa Powe said: "We are so proud of Aaron, Evie and Finlay on their selection to represent Cumbria at the ESAA in Birmingham. We wish them luck and hope that they enjoy the whole experience."

Year 8/9 Girls Football Team took the county championships in April and were awarded Sports Team of the Year.

Performing Arts Outstanding Group Performance was awarded to St Benedict's Rock Challenge team. Their performance, 'Where there is life there is hope' has

Lisa Powe said: "The PE and PA department are immensely proud of all our students' achievements. Our awards evening was a fitting tribute to all their skills, talent and commitment. We look forward to continuing all our successes next year.