18th November 2016
Writing: Joshua Robey (Year 12)
Photography: Isaac Shenoy (Year 12)
Editing: Alejandro Ortega (Year 12)
Senior Prize Giving, an annual evening event, is an opportunity to celebrate the successes of Year 12 and 13 students for their efforts at GCSE and A Level. The hall was packed full of parents, with Year 13 prizewinners and the entirety of Year 12 present as well. The Vice-Chair of Governors, Dr Mark Pegg, opened the event, before handing over to the Mr Atkinson who presented an overview of the year, interspersed with a report on the successes of the new Challoner’s Baccalaureate scheme and a deft performance of a Bach suite from Year 12 cellist, James Kiln.
The guest speaker was Old Challoner and MP for Esher and Walton Dominic Raab, who spoke of his nostalgia for the school, the value of education, and the importance of not selling yourself short. He also presented the current Year 12 students with their GCSE certificates, as well as giving out the prizes for excellence in various subjects. Rounded off by a drinks reception in the studio, the evening was a highly enjoyable celebratory occasion and, above all, a fantastic opportunity to recognise the achievements of our students and staff who all work so hard.
The end of the last academic year marked the retirement from our Governing Body of John Maynard, who has served the school with distinction as a governor since 1991. John is an eminent chemist who for many years was the General Manager at what is today GE Healthcare.
He has brought an energy, intelligence and vision to the school that few could hope to match. With his dedication to the school, he is a role model for school governors everywhere. He has filled almost every role on the governing body and spent a number of years as Chairman.
The school and its governors recognised his service and achievement at Senior Prize Giving by presenting John with a small memento to mark his huge contribution to the school’s success over three decades.