Old Stopfordian, former Royal Marine commando and a major force behind turning Harry Potter into a blockbuster movie Bruce Marshall (OS 1974) was our guest of honour as we celebrated the school year at our annual speech day ceremony.
After starting his speech by taking a selfie to prove to his wife that he was actually on stage at the Stockport Plaza, Mr Marshall used tales from his dynamic and varied career to urge our pupils to get involved in everything they have the opportunity to.
“Be like an amoeba”
He told his audience to “be like an amoeba” and absorb everything around them – with “listening to and observing others” having helped him “learn by experience” throughout his life.
Mr Marshall was able to back up his message by drawing upon a career that has seen him introduce Marks & Spencer to the former Eastern Bloc, “make loyal life time friends and lose a few too” in the Royal Marines, help bring the likes of Harry Potter, Batman and the Matrix to the screen as senior vice president of Warner Brothers Inc and develop fashion retailer Express’s international business in his current role.
Before the presentation of prizes to pupils who have excelled in their subjects and made outstanding contributions to school life throughout the year, the Plaza was treated to musical performances by the school’s big band of Goodwin’s Work in Progress and the Jackson 5’s I Want You Back.
Chairman of governors Mr Ron Astles’ opening address had started the ceremony – after which he was presented with a painting of the school to thank him for his years of service ahead of his retirement – and the day was later brought to a close with a vote of thanks proposed by president of the Old Stopfordians’ Association Mr Michael Cheslett (OS 1981) and a prizewinners’ and leavers’ reception back at school.
A gallery featuring more photos from speech day, including pupils receiving their prizes, can be viewed on our Facebook page.