HMSG Speech Day and Prize Giving

July 1, 2014

Inspirational guest speakers, parents, staff and students came together to celebrate the end of a successful school year at Speech Day on Friday and Saturday.

Mrs Pascoe, who has been in the role since April, said she had witnessed the celebrations of the William Jones’s Schools Foundation, including the Golden Lecture delivered by The Right Reverend Christopher Chessun, Bishop of Southwark, at St Paul’s Cathedral.Over at HMSG’s Speech Day and Prize-Giving on Saturday, Headmistress Caroline Pascoe, chose to focus her address on the theme of time, inspired by Monmouth School’s 400th anniversary.

She told pupils that they themselves are the living legacy of William Jones’ bequest.

Head girl Hannah, who won The Headmistress’ Prize this year, called upon the metaphor of crossing the footbridge between the senior and prep schools in her speech.

She said the bridge connected the girl to the wider world, connected them to previous generations and helped them build confidence to bridge the gap between schoolgirl and young adult.

Guest speaker, old girl Emily John-Davis works for British Sugar as strategy planning and development manager.

She gave the girls an insight into how she negotiated her way from school to working life and told them to take control of their futures, embrace the art of failing and instilled upon them the importance of self-belief.

A large number of students were rewarded for their hard work, including Jovian who won The Carless Prize for Excellence in Science and The Judy Williams Prize for Dance.

The Salters’ Company Prize for Chemistry and The Old Girls’ Prize for Service to the School both went to Roshani, and Charlotte won The Reade Memorial Prize for Music.

Performances of Somewhere Only We Know by the Concert Choir and I Will Sing With Spirit by the Chamber Choir entertained guests.

To celebrate the centenary of Dylan Thomas, Pietra, Henrietta, Isla, Martia and Ellena read an extract from Under Milk Wood.

The HMSG Orchestra played Bizet’s Farandole to mark the end of proceedings.

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