‘Embracing Ambition’ was the theme for Junior School Speech Day this year and our guest speaker, Atlantic rower, Dave Wallis enthralled the audience with the story of his epic journey, inspiring and encouraging the children to push for their dreams, challenge themselves and enjoy adventure. David was part of a team of four who took on one of the world’s toughest rows – 70 days and 3000 miles in a rowing boat from La Gomera in the Canary Islands to Antigua.
Ambition is one of our core values and the Headmaster, Mr Mundell emphasised the importance of always aiming high, trying new strategies and learning from mistakes. He said “Effort, determination and a genuine desire to improve are all important factors for success in whatever we do, and whatever challenges we face. Ambition really is enthusiasm with a purpose.”
The day started with a service in the Chapel followed by speeches and prize giving in Catteral Pavilion. Before the presentation of prizes, Poppy Coward, our Young Musician of the Year performed ‘Nocturne’ on the saxophone, accompanied by Mrs Stott on the piano. Mr Mundell then looked back on some of the highlights of the year to celebrate the achievements of pupils across all years of the school.
The audience enjoyed a slideshow of photographs documenting the year in action including residentials at Ingleborough Hall and Caythorpe Park, Evacuee Day, World Book Day, Young Musician of the Year and the school production, ‘Ye-Ha’. There were visits by the Fire Service, Cave Rescue Organisation and a local veterinary practice, and more new clubs for the children to enjoy from cooking, gardening, running and climbing to construction, swimming, art, knitting, drama and outdoor adventure.
Mr Mundell added “As a school we pride ourselves on the broad and balanced curriculum we provide for our pupils, one that provides a wealth of opportunities, develops confidence and a wide range of skills - an all-round education. English and Maths are very important but not at the expense of learning languages and about cultures, of time in the art room, music school, science lab and games field, or time out of the Junior School itself.”
Finally, Mr Mundell paid tribute to our Year 6 leavers who led the way with such care and maturity this year, taking on the various roles and responsibilities within the school, looking after our younger pupils and making the most of all the opportunities that came their way. We wish them every success in their next exciting step up to senior school.