As the end of the year approaches, the pupils’ outstanding achievements have been recognised and celebrated throughout the school.
Surrounded by a spectacular display of the children’s art work throughout the year, the Prep School’s ceremony brought the community together to celebrate the talents and successes of Years 3 to 6.
Parents and friends swarmed around the exhibition before the ceremony began, looking at art work from fine drawing to 3D sculpture based on the theme of London, the Olympics and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The Prep’s Director of Studies, Mr Heil, felt this was what Colfe’s was all about. "There are at least two bits of work from all the children and the variety and sheer scale of the work is breathtaking. Not every child may have won a prize but this is really their prize: to display their work."
Entertainment interspersed the night, with individual and group performances, including a rock band and the Chamber Choir. Headmaster, Mr Russell presented prizes for achievement in forms and individual subjects. Many of the students were understandably nervous. Mack, in 5C, who joined Colfe’s in September, won a Form Certificate. "It felt really nice to win something and a little surprising. When I went up I thought I’d be nervous but I was quite excited." And he wasn’t the only one. Annys in 3B, who won the Form Prize, said, "The most nerve wracking bit was shaking the Headmaster’s hand. I was so nervous, but he was really nice"
Graham, the father of Emily in Year 6, who received a leavers’ certificate, was also proud of his daughter. "This day has shown me how talented the children are and how hard the children and teachers have worked all year."
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The special prizes in year 6 went to Cameron, who won the Frederick Castle Prize for Creativity, Harry, who won the Basu Cup, Amber, who won the Beacons Netball Cup, and the Hamp Shield, for all around achievement, was shared by Amber and Tom. Amber, who is going into year 7 in September, said she felt proud to win two of them. "It was funny because I had just sat down and I had to jump up again and go and receive the shield. But it made the night seem very exciting." Tom agreed. "It’s something I didn’t expect at all and it’s great to know that the teachers think I’ve contributed to the school. I’m really looking forward to joining the senior school next year"
The pre-prep also celebrated their students’ achievements, as year 2 were recognised for the important transition they were making into the prep-school in September. This was a special time to remember their contribution to the school and what they will be looking forward to as they move up to year 3.
The Lower School Prize giving in the Senior school recognised the extraordinary achievement in years 7 to 9. Students were presented with prizes, by the Master of the Leathersellers, Mr Miles Emley, for individual subjects as well as the Hamp Prize for students’ contribution to their House and awards for Academic Excellence and Endeavour. Morgan in year 7 who won the prize for Geography said "I’m really pleased. I like geography and I’m happy it was this subject I won the prize for."
But this was not just a chance to congratulate those who had excelled academically but listen to the students’ excellence in music as well, with striking performances from Jade Oswald and Harry Butters, Maria Lukova on the piano, an extract from the successful year 7 and 8 production of Arabian Nights and a wonderful performance by Harvey Montague singing David Bowie’s Space Oddity. The parents packed the hall to watch the ceremony. Vanessa, whose son Michael Slade in year 9 had won the Ray Thomas Cup for the Outstanding Lower School Cricketer said "Michael joined the school this year and has really enjoyed it and done well. I’m really pleased to be here tonight." Shelly-Ann whose son Elliot, Year 9, also joined the school this year agreed. "Elliot didn’t win a prize this year, but he has really enjoyed being at the school. He’s loved the sport and is settled and happy" The Frank Olding Swimming Trophy was won by Ellen Dunbar, and the Gordon Turpin Memorial Cup for Drama by Jade Oswald. She said "It’s slightly embarrassing to collect your prize but it’s good because you feel you’ve achieved something. It’s nice as well to see how well everyone else is doing and how hard they’ve worked."
Chairman of Governors, Mr Ian Russell, who attended the Prep School Prize Giving said, "What I have found so interesting is how the children are so relaxed about their achievements. The parents however have seemed, quite rightly, blown away by it. The Colfe’s children, who are quietly confident, resourceful and creative, have exceeded all our wildest dreams. Well done to you all"