TV presenter Liz Bonnin was the guest speaker at this year’s Speech Day celebrations at the Stockport Plaza.
Liz, who has fronted programmes including Bang Goes the Theory, Countrywise, Stargazing Live and Operation Snow Tiger, presented prizes to pupils who had excelled themselves in various subjects and activities throughout the school year.
She then gave a speech to the packed theatre, which was full of pupils, teachers, parents and governors, encouraging the boys and girls to strive for a career that they will enjoy as this is a great way for each and every one of them to reach their full potential.
Liz, who studied Biochemistry at university and has a Masters in Wild Animal Biology, was clearly impressed with the pupils’ effort and dedication stating that she “was so inspired by the children and their achievements”.
Speech Day opened with an address from the Chairman of the Governing Body Mr Dunn before the Big Band performed ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’’ by Waller & Brooks and Arlen & Koehler’s ‘Stormy Weather’.
Headmaster Mr Chicken then delivered his speech which welcomed our special guests including Mr Smith, the Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester; the former High Sheriff of Greater Manchester, Mr Ruia; the Mayor and Mayoress of Stockport, Councillor Chris Gordon and Dr Gordon; Mr Wainwright, Prime Warden of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths and his Deputy Clerk, Mr Harland; and Liz Bonnin The Headmaster also talked about the centenary of the school’s move to the Hallam site, exam results, sporting success and the departure and retirement of members of staff. A full version of his speech can be downloaded here.
During the awards presentation, the Prime Warden of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths continued the custom of presenting medals to the Head Boy, Charles Longson, and Head Girl, Ella Burton.
Following the prize giving and Liz’s address, the President of the Old Stopfordians’ Association Mr Garrett gave his vote of thanks before proceedings were concluded with the National Anthem.