Lord Mayor's Prize Day
We were so pleased to welcome so many parents and pupils to Guidhall on Monday for the Lord Mayor’s Prize Day. The annual event is always a highlight of CLS where we are able to celebrate success and present prizes to pupils who have achieved outstanding exam results and excelled in all areas of School life.
In his speech, Head, Alan Bird spoke of community and how we seek to ensure CLS pupils understand their responsibilities to the community and society of which they are part.
"A commitment to being a community that celebrates the diverse uniqueness of all its members; a community that looks always to include, to respect and to value; a community that believes that ambition can coexist with support; a community that understands its broader responsibility, beyond exam results and beyond its own walls; a community that understands that perfection is not a realistic goal, and welcomes the opportunity to learn when things go wrong; and a community that seeks to ensure that the wonderful young people within its walls are equipped with the knowledge, skills and values to lead lives of contentment and purpose. In short, a community that is kind, aware and ready."
"We recognise individual achievements this afternoon through the prizes that will soon be awarded; and these achievements are predominantly academic. They reflect much hard work, and they are well deserved. But, I hope that we use this afternoon to recognise a collective and a community achievement as well."
Head Boy, Joshua Orowale then gave a speech on being part of the CLS community: "We are gathered today to celebrate the achievements of such a diverse school, and I, myself, am a part of one of the numerous minorities that makes the student and staff body. I have always felt that there is place for me and others like me at city, and in the same way, everyone at city is made to feel that they belong, regardless of colour, culture, or creed. At city, we have been made to realise that our environment extends beyond just our own culture. From the Indian Culture Club discussing regions of India and raising money for the country’s Covid Relief, to the Jewish Society, to the Afro-Caribbean Society, we are afforded the opportunity to explore and delve into other cultures, owing to the building blocks of acceptance and diversity that John Carpenter wished to build this school upon."
Congratulations to the prize winners and to Senior Deputy Head, Mr Wardrop, for acting as Master of Ceremonies in announcing each prize winner. We're already looking forward to the 185th Lord Mayor's Prize Day later this year.
We are gathered to celebrate the achievements of such a diverse school.