Receiving an award

Last Friday, students from Years 8 to 11 gathered in the school hall for the annual Junior Prizegiving event in order to receive prizes for their outstanding achievements over the past academic year. With prizes ranging from 'academic excellence' to 'outstanding contribution to school society', there was a huge amount to celebrate.

Programme of prize winners

The event started with the headmaster’s account of the year, shortly followed by the awards for the prizewinners. In between the prizegiving ceremonies for each year came an account from students who had participated in particular sporting and recreational activities last year. These included the annual Spanish exchange with Murcia, the cricket and rugby trip to South Africa, the Year 7 trip to UKSA and the U15 Natwest Vase rugby tournament that was finished off with a win to become the national champions. Additionally, we were treated to a performance of Mozart’s Sonata in G played by Edward Watson as well as a performance of an extract from the last year’s school play, Unseen Academicals.

A plethora of talent.
Unseen Academicals

All of this was then followed by a talk by ex-Challoner, Christian Jakenfelds. He talked about the career he chose after he studied at Imperial College London as well as the importance of having a 'growth mindset' - something he certainly made use of as he taught himself A Level Further Maths! He personally shook hands with every prizewinner and gave a very inspirational speech which all the students learned something from.

Overall, it was a great event and congratulations to all the prizewinners this year!