Special guest BBC presenter Louise Minchin joined the senior school at The Plaza Theatre for our annual Speech Day presentation.
Louise, who presents BBC Breakfast, had also qualified for Team GB in triathlon the previous week, having taken up the sport just 2 years ago. She told the audience of pupils, parents and governors that in this and in her high profile career she had learnt that:
If you put in the work and the extra hours you will achieve it.
After congratulating the pupils who had taken part in this year’s BBC School Report, Louise encouraged the children to try everything at school. Her career path had started with the Duke of Edinburgh award which inspired her to work with Operation Raleigh in Chile. An interview on Radio Patagonia sparked her interest in broadcasting and from then on she always felt lucky that she knew what she wanted to do.
Pupils from the first year to the upper sixth were delighted to receive their prizes from Louise, who referenced the school motto vincit qui patitur (he and she who endures conquers) in encouraging them to:
Be inspired, go for it, you will achieve.
Governor Professor John Dainton continued the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths’ tradition of presenting medals for the Head Boy and Head Girl. Head Girl Liza Vul was present to receive hers whilst Head Boy William Hanson was absent with good reason on the school’s Peru and Bolivia expedition.
Big Band demonstrated their exceptional musical abilities with two of the pieces, Just the way you are (arr. Nowak) and Here comes the sun (arr. Tomaro) which they would shortly be playing on their music tour to Italy.
Speeches by Chairman of Governors Christopher Dunn and Headmaster Andrew Chicken reflected on the school year and the pupils’ many achievements. Old Stopfordians’ Association President David Garrett proposed a vote of thanks to Louise Minchin in appreciation of her inspirational address.