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The first event of 2020 got underway on Wednesday 8th January, when the Class of 2019 returned to Blue Coat to celebrate their academic and extra-curricular success with family and members of the School community, during our A Level Prizegiving ceremony.

Praised by Deputy Headteacher Mr Nigel Roberts and Assistant Headteacher Mrs O’Rourke for their dedication to their studies, the Class of 2019 were also congratulated for their fantastic contribution to Blue Coat School life through a variety of prizes presented by The Lord Mayor, Councillor Anna Rothery. Special prizes included the Darren Crozier Prize for Modern Languages, the Gwyn Watcyn prize for Politics and the Westminster Plate.

Our newest cohort of Old Blues were introduced to guest speaker and fellow Old Blue Bill Currie from the Class of 1980, who shared some words of wisdom on how to progress in their chosen career. Bill, who is founder of the William Currie group, which specialises in investments in the retail, e-commerce and tech sectors, cited numerous examples of his own career in finance. To help build their resilience and confidence Bill encouraged the Class of 2019 to work outside of their comfort zone and to not shy away from challenging roles.

Music was provided by the school choir who sang magnificently the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah, Year 13 student Daniel Greenway who performed on our newly restored Father Willis organ and Year 12 student Rachel Burnett, who delivered a beautiful rendition of ‘Bring him home’ from Les Misérables, accompanied by Ms Horton on the piano.

We would like to thank Bill for taking time out of his busy schedule to attend this year’s ceremony and we wish the Class of 2019 all the best for the future.

(Photo credit: Jella Kang)

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