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Prize Giving signs off Junior School year in style

The awards getting presented at the the 2023 Prize Giving

The Junior School year was brought to a rousing conclusion with the annual Prize Giving on Thursday 6th July in the Dining Hall.

Mr Christopher Dunn, the outgoing Chair of Governors, opened the event with his welcome before the Year 5 and 6 Choir raised the roof with their performance of ‘Sing For Joy’ by Susan Stevens.

Junior School Head Mr Matthew Copping reflected on a busy and wonderful year before introducing this year’s guest speaker, Paul A Young.

Paul is a ground-breaking and inspirational chocolatier who is at the forefront of the British chocolate scene. During his talk, and a workshop for Year 6 pupils earlier in the afternoon, his passion for his craft was clear to see and the audience loved finding out more about his work and his motivation. He also reflected on the theme of friendship as his own school days with teacher Mrs Carolyn Smith led to his visit to SGJS.

The Year 3 and 4 Choir sang ‘Flash, Bang, Wallop!’ from the musical ‘Half A Sixpence’ before prizes were presented for excellence in sport, music and academic subjects.

The Richard Reeman Cup (for a Year 6 pupil who has made an outstanding contribution to school sport), the Old Stopfordians’ Award (for a good citizen of the school) and the Alan Baxendale Cup (for a Year 6 pupil who made a significant contribution to school life) were also awarded.

Speeches from this year’s Head Girls and Boys were sandwiched in between the Year Group Awards and the Leavers’ Awards before the Year 5 and 6 Choir delivered their second song of the event, Sally Albrecht and Jay Althouse’s ‘I Am A Small Part Of The World’.

Stockport Grammar School’s Chaplain Rev Liz Leaver offered prayers and the Prize Giving was rounded off with a performance of traditional Jamaican song ‘Janie Mama’.

The event was an amazing way to end the term and everyone in the Junior School wishes the Year Six leavers all the very best as they progress to the next exciting stage of their school years.