On Thursday 20 September, we welcomed over 1000 invited guests, parents, pupils and friends of the School to our annual Speech Day and Prize Giving ceremony held at the Magnet Leisure Centre.
With speeches led by Head Girl Cami Price and Head Boy Matthew Kidd, the event reflected on the pupils’ achievements and accolades of the past academic year. Cami and Matthew compiled the highlights of the year into a video, showing a window into the year through a series of photos.
Guest speaker, Dame Christine Ryan, businesswoman and former Chief Executive of the Independent School Inspectorate, spoke of her own educational journey, gave her congratulations to the prize winners and recognised all the pupils for their achievements and contribution to school life. In her summing up she shared some of her learnings and said, “Don’t be afraid of change or failure, they both present opportunities. Take risks and responsibility for the choices you make, decide what you want to achieve next and make sure it is really what you want and go for it. When you see your chance, grasp it.”
After the event Dame Christine said: "I had a wonderful day and it was a privilege to be part of such a fantastic celebration - the breadth and scale of the awards and achievements was remarkable. To have so many pupils taking such an engaging part in the proceedings was also very impressive. It was really good to see that the school has retained its family feel and sense of community."
The top honour, the Nuvoloni Sword was presented to last year’s Head Boy and Girl, Todd Muil and Camilla Slais in recognition of their outstanding all round academic achievement and contribution to the School. Todd who is currently taking a gap year before studying Business Economics at Exeter University said, “I am delighted to have been presented with this award. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the school. The teachers really made the difference and helped me reach my target grades and a place at my first choice university. Alongside this Claires Court have given me the skills and confidence to work with others and speak in public.”