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Virtual assemblies reward pupils’ academic ambition


The excellent work, grit and enthusiasm of pupils in both the Senior and Junior Schools was recognised with virtual Awards Assemblies at the end of the academic year.

With the Senior School Speech Day and Junior School Prize Giving Evening cancelled due to government guidelines, SGS was determined that pupils were rewarded for the effort and dedication they showed towards their studies – whether this be in school or with remote learning at home.

Senior School Awards Assembly

Headmaster Dr Paul Owen recorded the Senior School Awards Assembly in the atmospheric surroundings of the Hallam Hall.

He welcomed viewers to the “virtual celebration of the SGS community” with a look at the school’s founder, Sir Edmund Shaa, and its links to The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, before focussing on the successes of the academic year. These highlights included impressive exam results, wonderful music and drama concerts, a remarkable range of co-curricular activities and success in national competitions – both academic and sporting.

Climate Change Communicator, Scientist and ‘Enviropreneur’ David Saddington was due to be the guest speaker at this year’s Speech Day. We are delighted that David has agreed to join us for the 2022 event and we look forward to hearing from him as he speaks about the crucial issue of climate change.

After announcing the winners of the awards, the assembly concluded with Fifth Year Oscar Williams playing the audience out with a virtual version of ‘Summertime’.

 

Year Six Prize Giving

Junior School Headmaster Mr Tim Wheeler is retiring this year and hosted his last Year Six Prize Giving in the Main Hall.

He opened the event with a poem before announcing the award winners. The Head Boys and Girls throughout the academic year – each term has a new Head Boy and Girl – delivered humorous and heart-warming insights into their time in the Junior School before Mr Wheeler delivered a short speech.

In his speech, the Headmaster talked about how the school’s history helped give pupils a sense of who we are and how they should be inspired by history to fulfil their potential and make a difference.

He finished his talk with a quote from Dr Seuss: “Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.”

The event finished with a rapturously-received five minute montage that chronicled the Year Six pupils’ journey through the Junior School.