Last night’s Prizegiving Ceremony at King George’s Hall was a wonderful event which saw us celebrate the success of the last academic year.
After opening speeches from Chair of Governors, Mr Marsden and Principal, Mrs Horner, our Heads of School presented an entertaining insight into Sixth Form Life in which they likened Westholme to ‘jungle life’ along with its varied departmental species and year group pack behaviour.
The prizes were distributed by Dame Julia Cleverdon, a passionate and practical campaigner who has gained an international reputation for ‘connecting the unconnected’, inspiring individuals and organisations to work together for the common good. It was touching to see that Dame Julia took time to engage with the students and was genuinely interested in what they had achieved and what their aims and ambitions were.
Superb musical performances from the Choir and Swing Band were interspersed throughout the evening – thank you to Mr Millest and his fantastic musicians for another excellent programme.
Dame Julia’s address, towards the end of the ceremony, offered many words of encouragement to our students. She explained they should “use their talent, skill and passion to make a change”, advised them to “make use of the opportunities available to them in school” and recommended that they should “use what you know you can do brilliantly to help make a change”. Wise words indeed.
What a wonderful evening of celebration.