We held our first ever Junior Prizegiving event on Friday 21st June.
Following the school’s change of age range in 2016, this was the first time pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9 were able to come together to celebrate their own achievements and at a the same time enjoy the blossoming musical life at the school. The best of what the school has to offer was clearly on display on a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon. Guest speaker, Sufiya Ahmed – author of teen fiction best seller The Secrets of the Henna Girl – gave an inspiring talk at the event of the need to follow one’s dreams and to never give up.
Earlier in the day, Sufiya had spent a lot of time with Year 7 and Year 8 pupils focussing on creative writing and the life of a parliamentary researcher (her chosen field before going into writing). Music on offer really spanned the generations – Debussy, Brahms and Tarrega on the on hand to Sam Smith, The Clash and George Ezra on the other. All of it performed superbly by students Milos and Louis Foy (Years 7 and 9), the Year 7 Singing Group, Year 7 rock outfit Distracted, Year 8 drummers, The Djembes, Year 9 band Bombinate, Year 9 classical guitarist Pablo Garcia.
As Head John Weeds put it, “All in all an excellent first ever Junior Prizegiving. All our junior pupils have performed well and provided us with a really fitting celebration to mark our first complement of Years 7,8 and 9.It just goes to show what a successful change this was for the school.”