Monday 12 September

Fabulous Speech Day

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The rain held off and the sun eventually shone through on our Speech Day on Saturday, where the traditional speeches and prize giving were followed by lunch and a selection of competitively fought sports matches between the school teams and the OWBA.

Following a welcome speech by Chairman of the Governors John Light, the new Headmaster Phillip Stapleton formerly introduced himself and his family and delivered his first Speech Day message during which he laid out some of his views on education and his vision for the school.  

After that, we were delighted to welcome Reverend Nicholas Mercer, the current Chaplain at Sherborne School, as guest speaker.  During twenty years in the British Army as a legal officer, he served as a military prosecutor and operational lawyer serving in Northern Ireland, Bosnia Herzegovina, Germany, Cyprus and Iraq 2003.  In addition, he was a Lecturer in the Law of Armed Conflict at the International Institute of Humanitarian Law, San Remo, Italy and has campaigned vociferously on human rights issues.

During his insightful speech, he encouraged the pupils to follow their hearts and their calling, in whatever they do the in future and to always try and do what is right.

Prize giving, as always, was an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of a number of individual pupils, none more so than Lydia Clements, who was this year’s very deserving recipient of the highly coveted Fortescue Medal.

Before a delicious lunch and the afternoon’s sporting fixtures, there was a chance for parents to tour the school and, in particular, the 150 building where a spectacular Art and Design exhibition showcased the excellent work that our GCSE and A level students have produced under the guidance of Mr Main and Mr Minns.

And so the afternoon’s fixtures and, as well some highly competitive OWBA versus school matches in netball, hockey and rugby, the 1st XV were embroiled in a round robin tournament with Kingsley, Shebbear and Mount Kelly.  After a convincing win against Kingsley, the team came out on top after a very tight match with Shebbear and finally drew against Mount Kelly, which was enough to see them come out overall winners.

We were delighted that so many OWBA members were able to come along and join in the matches and Speech Day celebrations, followed by an excellent BBQ by the cricket pavilion.

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