Grey skies and a spot of drizzle did little to dampen the enthusiasm of the Swing Band, or indeed of the audience for the Swing Band as all took their seats for this year’s ceremony. The Headmaster spoke with passion about his extraordinarily enjoyable first year, and about the future. The school enters exciting times, and we as a community must embrace this chance to think and act differently to prepare the students and ourselves for an unpredictable future: to be comfortable in uncertainty; to think in an original and creative way; to ask questions and to listen; to develop resilience. Then he made way, first for our prize winners and then for our guest, Derek Browne. CEO and founder of a fantastic organisation linking entrepreneurship and education he may be; one-time work colleague of Nick Leeson he may also be … but most of all he is inspiringly enthusiastic, committed to the future, to aspiring high, to setting no limits. He delivered the kind of aspirational message so important for the pupils to hear; what was just as exciting was his own obvious approval of the achievements and ambition shown by our own pupils, the pupils that we were there to celebrate.
The day’s theme? Unequivocally to ‘seize the day’. Absolutely right; and without further ado Maddy Chan and Callum Askins did just that in votes of thanks of splendid maturity.