We began the autumn term with our annual prizegiving, celebrating a multitude of pupil achievements from the previous academic year.
Mrs Bingham opened the evening, summarising the incredible range and depth of activities over the past year and congratulating the prizewinners on their success. The girls and their parents heard from Guest of Honour, zoologist Lucy Cooke: a National Geographic explorer, TED talker, and New York Times best-selling author. The award-winning film-maker is also founder of the Sloth Appreciation Society, and exploded some myths about the much-maligned and misunderstood creature, lauding its ability to save energy. Lucy spoke of the advantages of emulating their behaviour: being more economical with our energy, living life in the slow lane and being more mindful. “Learning the truth about the sloth may help save us and the planet we both call home.”
Prizes on the evening were awarded to girls in each year group, for academic achievement and contribution to school life, as well as subject specific awards for those in the Upper School and Sixth Form. Special mentions were also given to the dozens of girls recognised nationally: medallists in Science Olympiads and Maths Challenges, winners of writing competitions and GDST prizes, and to those awarded Engineering Scholarships and Music diplomas. Congratulations to all this year’s winners on their impressive achievements.