Endowed Schools Celebrate Speech Days
Each year, Stamford School and Stamford High School celebrate the achievement of their pupils in their Speech Day events. This year, Stamford High School’s Speech Day took place on Friday 17th June, and Stamford School’s on Saturday 18th June. As well as seeing prizes awarded to well over 100 boys and girls for their accomplishments, the assembled parents, staff and governors of the Schools were able to enjoy a speech from a special guest speaker.
At Stamford high School, Sarah Cawood, television presenter and Old Girl of the School, gave an enthusiastic address which reminisced on her time at the School and how it assisted her in developing a career. Mrs Cawood was keen to impress upon the girls how important their days at school will be to them later in life and how they will never make friends as special as the ones they will make here.
Alan Duncan, MP for Rutland and Melton and Minister of State for International Development, was the guest speaker at Stamford School. Mr Duncan told the audience how impressed he was with the School and shared a number of anecdotes from his life as an MP. He was also able to impart some wise words of advice to the students from his experiences as Minister of State. He advised that the pupils take an ‘international approach’, taking every opportunity to visit other countries and study their cultures and histories. That, he advised, is the only way that you can truly understand what is special and unique about your own.
At both Speech Days the guest speaker presented awards to the pupils for achievement in the different subjects as well as the winners of special awards and prizes. The Heads gave a report at their respective schools – Dyl Powell at Stamford High School and Bill Chadwick (acting) at Stamford School – which celebrated another busy year of achievement. The Chairman of the Governors, Malcolm Desforges, spoke at both events, outlining the Schools’ commitment to academic excellence and an education beyond the classroom.
Principal of the Endowed Schools, Stephen Roberts, congratulated the pupils and staff on their dedication and hard-work. He said of the Speech Days “These events illustrate clearly the spirit of education at our Schools. There is a culture of achievement and high expectation, and a strong desire to ensure that everyone is fulfilling their potential. I would like to thank our guest speakers and congratulate the pupils on their many accomplishments this year.”