The school’s 154th annual prize day on Saturday, May 20 celebrated the events and successes of the past school year.
Students from the lower and middle school and Sixth Form were rewarded with prizes to recognise their efforts and achievements in academic attainment and sport, as well as extra-curricular activities.
Following speeches by Dr Mike Dwan, the Chairman of the Board of Governors, and Headmaster Ian Lavendar, pupils were presented with external awards, including Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Awards for Elizabeth Linane and Josephine Fadani; a Gold Certificate for Julia Sojka in the 2017 UK Senior Mathematical Challenge; and a Level 4 Diploma in Music Performance for Martha Boggon.
The presentation also included a number of open prizes including the John Halstead ‘Extra Mile’ Award, awarded to Emily Raasch; the Nicholson Shield, awarded to Lucy Gale for her extensive contribution to the school community; the Derek Scott Cup, awarded to Robert Cooper for meeting every challenge with courage and good humour; and the International Prize, awarded to Robert Chen, who eventually became Head Boy in 2016.
The recipient of this year’s Headmaster’s Prize was Sophie Batten, who, as well as studying Latin, has achieved remarkable academic results, sings in the school choir, plays the flute, represents the school at sport and performs on stage.
Mr Lavender said: “I start with a list of every pupil in the school, which, after much deliberation, I was able to narrow down to a final three.
“This year’s final three were hard to separate, and it boiled down to one singular activity; studying Latin out of school hours.”
Guests at the prize day also heard more about improvements taking place at the school, including the new Art Centre at Elleray, the new IT Centre at Browhead, the brand new all-weather pitch at Browhead and the planned upgrade of the sports hall.
Students and staff also celebrated the school’s outstanding results in last year’s GCSEs, where 95% of the grades were A* to C.
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