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On Saturday 2 July, pupils, staff and parents at St John’s joined together on the Quad for Speech Day.
“This annual prize giving allows us to celebrate the richness of life at St John’s,” said Headmaster Martin Collier. “The academic life of the School remains strong, but we also wish to highlight our pupils’ involvement in all that is offered outside the classroom from sport, music and drama to cadets, the Duke of Edinburgh Award and so much more besides. It is wonderful to look back at the academic year and see just how much our boys and girls have achieved.”
During the prize giving ceremony, boys and girls were awarded for their academic aptitudes, as well as successes across the co-curricular spectrum. The House Shield was also awarded to Gloucester House.
The guest of honour at this year’s Speech Day was Dame Julia Cleverdon DCVO, CBE, a passionate and practical campaigner who has gained an international reputation for 'connecting the unconnected', inspiring individuals and organisations to work together for the common good. Following her 2012 government review on increasing young people’s engagement in social action, Julia co-founded Step Up to Serve (formerly known as the Campaign for Youth Social Action), which was convened by HRH The Prince of Wales. She is also a board member of National Citizen Service, the Careers and Enterprise Company and the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation.
Speech Day 2016 celebrated not only the success of the pupils, but the ongoing development of the School. The new Lower School building has been completed and the Lower Third year group (Year 7) is full for September 2016. There is no doubt that the Lower School is a most exciting development and we look forward to September with great anticipation.
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