Former England cricket captain Alec Stewart OBE was the guest speaker at this year’s Speech Day celebrations at The Stockport Plaza.
Mr Stewart, who is the second most capped English cricketer of all time in Test matches and third most capped in One Day Internationals, visited the school in the morning to give aspiring Junior and Senior School cricketers the benefit of his experience at a practice in the nets. Mr Stewart also got to meet up with fellow ex-England cricket player and current Stockport Grammar School cricket coach, Jimmy Ormond.
In the afternoon, Mr Stewart took his seat on the stage at The Stockport Plaza alongside Prime Warden of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths Judith Cobham-Lowe OBE, Chairman of Governors Christopher Dunn, Headmaster Andrew Chicken and President of the Old Stopfordians’ Association Tim Stretton.
Following an opening address by Mr Dunn, the Headmaster’s Statement and performances of ‘Crunchy Frog’ and ‘Honk’ by the Big Band, Mr Stewart presented prizes to pupils who had excelled themselves throughout the school year.
Speaking to the packed audience of pupils, teachers, parents and governors, Mr Stewart’s address was both inspirational and amusing. He encouraged the girls and boys to be the best that they could be by asking themselves if they have given their all to the activities and challenges they face.
Mrs Cobham-Lowe continued the custom of presenting medals which have been especially designed and made by the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths to the Head Boy, George Chatterton and Head Girl, Georgia Burns.
Following the prize giving and Mr Stewart’s address, Mr Stretton gave his vote of thanks before proceedings were concluded with the National Anthem.
To download a copy of the Headmaster’s Statement please click here.
To download the Speech Day programme please click on this link.