Don’t be afraid to try and to follow your dreams and small changes can make a huge difference. These were some of the messages that came out of our two inspirational guest speeches at the Prep and Senior speech days last week.
The Prep school were treated to a passionate speech from adventurer and avid environmental campaigner, Cal Major, who started Paddle Against Plastic, whilst the Senior school enjoyed being entertained by renowned poetry and music duo, Harry and Chris.
Both had important messages for their audience, with a similar theme: to have the courage to try things, small things can make a difference and to follow their dreams.
Whilst Cal provided inspiration to her young audience by highlighting the need for action on the environment and encouraging them to try and make a difference, Harry and Chris delighted their slightly older audience with their unique and inspiring mixture of irony and wise words, interspersed with songs. They talked about the importance of being courageous, to follow our hearts and passions.
Both speech days were also a chance to celebrate the many and varied achievements of our outstanding pupils and to recognise the qualities and values that they have developed during their school life over the past year. These varied from academic achievement, through outstanding music and art contributions, to more personal qualities such as community spirit, kindness, environmental awareness, team spirit and courage.
For the seniors, it was also a chance to say goodbye and good luck to the outgoing Year 13s, who have contributed so much to the school and leave with our very best wishes.
Outgoing Heads of School, Min Muir and Harry Sampson, reminded us what school has meant to them: lifelong friendship, guidance from teachers, community spirit, encouragement, personal development, opportunities and, above all, being given the tools to take the next bold steps.