Children and staff celebrate memorable year at Monmouth Prep School

July 7, 2023

Some of the prize winners with their awards

Headteacher, Mr Neil Shaw, highlighted the many wonderful opportunities for boys and girls, as the sun shone for Monmouth Prep School’s end-of-term Prize-Giving ceremony.
Mr Shaw celebrated excellence, inspiration and achievements during a fun-filled and action-packed year at The Grange, on Friday 7th July.
Mr Shaw said Professor Jimmy Choo OBE, the world-famous pioneer of luxury, handmade shoes, had caused a stir when he delivered masterclasses to the children.
Football fever had reached epic proportions when Sky News paid a special visit to the junior boarding house to talk about football rivalries between Wales and England during the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
He mentioned the many trips, including the 44-strong party of girls and boys who enjoyed a skiing trip to Passo Tonale in Italy, and the continued success and growth of the annual Science Fair.
Mr Shaw told pupils: “Continue to push yourself, embrace your curiosity, never forget the importance of both hard work and kindness; these qualities will serve you well as you pursue your dreams and navigate the challenges that lie ahead.”
Music co-ordinator, Mr Joe Walton, arranged a delightful mix – with the whole school performing Just Jump and the choir shining with Paddy on the Railway (traditional) and Flooding Rains (Harley Mead).
There was also a loud cheer when it was announced that Green House had won the overall House Cup.
Head Girl, Belle, and Head Boy, Ellis, delivered a heart-warming speech together in which they spoke about all the things they had enjoyed about Monmouth Prep School.
Ellis said: “When I moved to the school, I was really nervous because I had never moved primary schools before. However, when I came in, my friends and teachers were really kind and made me feel at home and it helped me to carry on through the school.”
Belle said: “An amazing opportunity has been the chance to explore the world of performing arts; whether it has been drama, music or dance – our teachers have encourage us to be creative.
“We have also been on lots of trips and we will never forget our visit to Rockfield Studios. We got to record a song in the same studio as Queen, Oasis and Cold Play did.”
Belle added: “I can honestly say that I have loved every minute of this school. I have made some brilliant, kind friends and we are thankful for all the staff who make this the amazing school it is today.”
Throughout the event, prizes, cups, certificates and scholarships were handed out to pupils.
The retiring school Admissions Manager, Mrs Diane Jakes, was among those who were thanked for their hard work, professionalism and dedication.
With each round of applause, it was clear to see the enormous sense of pride and accomplishment between fellow pupils, parents and staff.
Speeches were also made by the Chair of Governors, Lord Colin Moynihan; and The Master of the Worshipful Company of Haberdashers, Mr Christopher Hardie, whose wife, Mrs Emma Hardie, presented the prizes.

Head Girl, Belle, and Head Boy, Ellis, delivered a heart-warming speech together.

The retiring school Admissions Manager, Mrs Diane Jakes (left), was recognised for her dedication

Headteacher, Mr Neil Shaw

The Master of the Worshipful Company of Haberdashers, Mr Christopher Hardie

The Chair of Governors, Lord Colin Moynihan