On Monday 15th December 2014 The Blue Coat School Community came together in the grand surroundings of St George’s Hall, to recognise and celebrate the fantastic achievements of our students over the past twelve months.
It was delightful to see over 200 talented Blue Coat students, including so many of our most recent cohort of Old Blues attend our annual Prize Giving ceremony. One of the highlights in the Blue Coat calendar, Prize Giving recognises our students academic, musical and sporting achievements.
Welcoming students, parents and friends of the School, Chair of Governors Ms Julia Shaw praised the School for “another year of aspiration, endeavour and achievement”, and captured the atmosphere of the evening perfectly, commending students by stating, “we are enormously proud of you, for doing the best you can and being the best you can be”.
The keynote address was delivered by Old Blue Simon Leonard, director and shareholder of Didix International. From an early age Simon began entrepreneurial life by breeding and selling Stick insects to his fellow pupils and friends, multiplying his initial investment ten-fold before saturating the market. Now with over a decade of experience, Simon drew on his time in business to deliver an inspirational speech encouraging students to, “push yourself every day to do your very best”.
Two of the most prestigious awards at Prize Giving each year are The Good Citizenship Award and The Westminster Plate. This year The Good Citizenship Award was awarded jointly to Elliot Falconer and Colin Lim from the Class of 2014, and the coveted The Westminster Plate bestowed to Year 13 student Sam Elcock. All three have made an exceptional contribution to the School.
Musical accompaniment for the evening was provided by the School orchestra and choir, with the orchestra’s performance of Tchaikovsky’s Marche Slav sounding magnificent in the marvellous surroundings of the Concert Hall.
Congratulations to all our students who received prizes, we are extremely proud of you.
The whole ethos of the evening was beautifully summed by a short poem quoted by Ms Julia Shaw:
If there were ever a time to dare,
To make a difference
To embark on something worth doing
It is now.
Not for any grand cause, necessarily –
But for something that tugs at your heart
Something that is your dream
You owe it to yourself
To make your day count.
Have Fun. Dig Deep. Stretch.