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Speech Day Prize Winners 2011 / 12 Each summer we hold our annual Speech Day and Prize Giving ceremony in the Evesham Arts Centre. As the event is traditionally held on the first Friday in July, it means that The Henrician has already gone to press and we are not able to include details of the event for the current year within its pages. However, as this is such a key event in the school calendar, and represents so much of what makes Prince Henry’s High School special, it is important that Speech Day is not overlooked within this magazine, and that the achievements of the students who were awarded prizes are recorded. The following is therefore a report on the 2012 ceremony. The Speech Day ceremony held on Friday 6th July 2012 was memorable for a number of reasons. As readers will almost certainly remember, last summer was one of the wettest in recent memory, and with the school fields under several inches of water in places, there were serious concerns about the risk of guests using the overflow parking becoming bogged down in mud. Fortunately, this did not happen, but another torrential downpour in the hour or so prior to the event meant that many parents and guests struggled to make it through the flash flooding and ensuing gridlock in Evesham and the surrounding area. After a slight delay however, the event went ahead as planned and followed the well-established format. Chairman of Governors, Mr Butcher opened proceedings, and this was then followed by the Headteacher’s report. As this was Bernard Roberts’ final Speech Day before his retirement, his report not only encompassed the key events during the academic year, but also included some personal reflections on his 19 year tenure as Head of Prince Henry’s. Following a musical interlude with vocal performances by members of the Barbershop and Barbieshop choirs, the stage was handed over to our Guest Speaker, Mrs Miranda Ballard, the co-founder of Muddy Boots Real Food Ltd. Mrs Ballard spoke with passion and enthusiasm, directly addressing the prize winners. She shared with them some of the experiences she and her husband had in setting up their own business (preparing high quality handmade burgers and other meat products) initially from her own home; to developing commercial premises and supplying their products to Waitrose and other food outlets. She then presented prizes to the winners and, following the vote of thanks by Head Boy, Tom Stanley, and Head Girl, Emily Crisp, and the singing of the National Anthem, audience, guests and prize winners adjourned to the PRH for the superb tea which had been prepared by Mrs Cox and her team. Page 36

The Henrician (2013)  

The Henrician (2013)