Prize Giving Evening 201802/10/18
Prize Giving Evening
Our prize-winning students, parents and staff were treated to an inspirational speech by Chairman of the British Olympic Association the Rt Hon Sir Hugh Robertson last week.
Sir Hugh, a former soldier and cabinet minister as well as the man who headed up the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, considered by many to be the best of the modern era, was guest speaker at our annual prize giving on Thursday (27 Sept).
He told the students that they had the ability “to make dreams come true” by continuing the hard work and commitment they had shown during the past year.
Sir Hugh, who is also Chairman of Camelot, the company that operates the National Lottery, drew on his vast experience as the country’s Olympics supremo to highlight the qualities needed to succeed.
He told the audience of staff, students and parents about an exchange between skeleton gold medal winner Lizzie Yarnold and a journalist that took place when the team returned from Pyeongchang earlier this year.
“The journalist asked Lizzie, the first person ever to have won gold in skeleton in two successive Winter Olympic Games, if she thought the cost was worth it for a sport that only 120 people took part in across the country,” he told the audience.
“Lizzie got the gold medal out of her pocket, hung it round her neck and told him: ‘It wasn’t about the skeleton, it was about the 10 years of hard work I put in to achieve my dream’.”
He told the audience that Lizzie planned to take her medal to 300 to 400 schools across the country “with a message that if you have a dream and apply yourself to that dream, there is no limit to what you can achieve”.
Sir Hugh, who presented certificates to all our prize winners, told them: “You are all here this evening because you have excelled in a particular area. You are either good at it or it is something you really want to do. And if it isn’t what you really want to do, then keep looking for that something, pursue it and make dreams possible.”
The former MP for Faversham and Mid Kent, who saw active service in Northern Ireland, the first Gulf war and Sarajevo, also praised “the team behind the team” – the staff, Head of School, governors, parents and relatives who had “stood behind” the prize winners.
Students played a large part in the evening, which was introduced by Head Girl Ranjana Suresh and compered confidently by our four student principals and vice principals, Cameron Hutchins, Alicia Drury, Lilly Ward, and Callum Budden.
At the end of the evening Head of School Anna Lawrence also congratulated the students and said they had demonstrated the importance of hard work and commitment.
The top award winners in each year group were:
Year 7 - Owen Stuchbury, Jessica Knight, Josh Evans and Sharmonnie Garcha Year 8 – Eden Dodson, Natasha Bell, Matthew Lewis and Jolie Fisher
Year 9 – Matthew Macey, Anna Nguyen, Edi Izivikic and Molly Wright
Year 10 – Samuel Whitebread, Eleanor Wong, Mahi Ferdous and Tej Gurung.