Six-time world champion swimmer and five-time Olympian Mark Foster was the guest of honour as pupils, parents, governors and staff celebrated the school year at our annual speech day ceremony.
Mark’s inspirational speech about always “being the best you can be” was the highlight of the ceremony, held at Stockport’s Plaza theatre, during which he also presented the prizes to those pupils who have excelled in their subjects or made outstanding contributions to school life throughout the year.
He told his audience how, despite never earning an Olympic medal, “he landed on the moon by reaching for the stars” by winning 47 top international prizes throughout his career, and knowing that he had always tried his very best – in and out of the pool – means that he can never have any regrets.
Speeches and songs
The audience were also treated to a sparkling performance of songs from the Lion King by this year’s Barcelona tour choir and listened to speeches by chairman of governors Mr Ron Astles, headmaster Mr Andrew Chicken and president of the Old Stopfordians’ Association Mrs Sarah Johnson.
Mr Richard Melly, clerk to the Goldsmiths’ Company, was also in attendance to award newly-commissioned school medals to head boy and girl Mark Cox and Zoe Harris, before the day’s prizewinners and this year’s upper sixth form returned to school for a reception in our new Woodsmoor building.
Junior School visit
Earlier in the day, Mr Foster also met with some of the school’s top swimmers to share some tips on his technique in the pool and visited a Junior School assembly to talk to our younger children about his career, show them his medals and spread his motivational message.