Year 11 Celebration Evening 2018
On Wednesday 2nd of May parents and teachers were invited to attend an end of Year 11 celebration evening. During the evening, expertly organized by Mrs. Newton, the Year 11’s were formally celebrated in a way similar to a graduation ceremony in the school auditorium. The event started with a warm address from our Vice Principal and acting Head of Secondary Ms. Holt which was followed by the processional entrance of the Year 11 students to Bach’s ‘Aire’ superbly played by the school orchestra.
It was at this point we saw Tony Philips perform Ed Sheeran’s ‘Wake Me Up’ as our first of three musical interludes celebrating the performative talents of our Year 11 cohort. The students were then thanked and addressed by our interim Principal Mr. Graham Hurrell, followed by a wonderful performance of Adele’s ‘Turning Tables’ by Nicole Stark. At this point our Chair of the Board, Mr. Luc Van Dyck personally addressed the students in a touching speech about ‘next steps’. Mr. Van Dyck was the first of two special guests for the event and at this point was responsible for presenting the first set of special achievement awards. These rewards included ‘outstanding academic achievement’, ‘perfect attendance’, ‘outstanding attitude to learning’ as well as awards for sporting achievements, International Award (Silver) and student leadership. This was then followed by a beautiful rendition of Rihanna’s ‘Stay’ by Hannah Hassan.
In the next part of the ceremony we heard a keynote address from our second special guest, His Excellency, Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Arab Republic of Egypt, Mr. Casson. Mr Casson gave a wonderful and rousing speech to our Year 11’s and parents which centred on the message of ‘knowing yourself’, going ‘beyond yourself’ and retaining humility as you do so. This was supported by examples from his own experience where, since his appointment as British Ambassador to Egypt, he has launched many successful policy initiatives. Prior to his appointment as Ambassador to Egypt, he was the British Prime Minister’s Foreign Policy Adviser from which he was able to draw on experiences working with the British Prime Minister, meeting Barack Obama and the spending some time with celebrated footballer Mo Salah.
The ceremony concluded with Mr Casson awarding all of the Year 11 students with graduation certificates, before a closing address from Mrs. Newton who thanked all the staff who made the evening possible. After this the Year 11’s exited the auditorium in a closing procession to ‘Te diem’ by Charpentier to be greeted in the atrium area with celebratory cake, refreshments and a projected video put together by the Year 11’s to celebrate how much they’ve grown up and how far they have come. All in all it was a beautiful evening and enjoyed by everyone! Thank you
to all those who came and well done to our Year 11 students!