Our annual Speech Day and Prize Giving took place on Saturday 27 May. The event celebrates the success of all our pupils, as well as awarding prizes and honours to those excelling in both academic and co-currciular subjects such as sport, music and performing arts.
Prizes were presented by Old Giggleswickian and Guest Speaker Phoebe Lebrecht who handed out the awards before addressing parents, alumni and pupils.
Phoebe attended Giggleswick from 2003 to 2008 before going on to attend Newcastle University, where she also captained their rugby XV. Following time working in California, Phoebe founded Glass Digital Media in 2013, a company that helps corporate bodies communicate effectively through social media. She is also the School’s Young Governor devoting much of her time to this position and often travelling from her base in Sussex back to the School.
The annual speech day took on a theme this year – the time of our lives and in his speech, Headmaster Mark Turnbull stressed that this was about more than having fun at school “When we say the time of our lives, yes we imply that education is great fun. We all enjoy the sense of accomplishment that comes from learning something new. But I also want us to recognise how important it is to spend the time getting the right education to make our subsequent lives so much more fulfilling. Spending time doing the right things brings some wonderful outcomes, and all Giggleswickians have some fantastic opportunities in our boarding school to achieve this.
Of course providing time to engage in such a breadth of education can only be achieved with the right level of support for the pupils and at Giggleswick there are three key pillars of support in the school. One of these is the pastoral care. The second pillar of support is of course the staff and the third pillar of support is the parents. Education works for the best outcomes of children when school and home are consistent in values and messaging.”
Parents, alumni and friends were then able to tour the school to view pupil’s work of the past year which included A Level Art exam pieces, performances from the School’s band, Design Technology projects, Science experiments, Kayaking, Language displays and rehearsals for The Witches in the Richard Whiteley Theatre. Many thanks to all who attended and made the day so enjoyable.