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Annual Prize Giving Day at Guildhall

Wednesday, 18 October 2017


City of London School’s annual distribution of prizes took place on Monday 16th October. Prizes were awarded by The Right Honourable The Lord Mayor Alderman Dr. Andrew Parmley, who presented the prizes to boys who had achieved outstanding exam results and excelled in all areas of school life.

The event was opened by Ian Seaton, Chairman of the Board of Governors. In reflecting upon the pupils’ achievements over the past year, Mr Seaton reminded us of the importance of remaining international in outlook. Head of School Alex Kitsberg then made the pupil speech in praise of John Carpenter, the philanthropic Town Clerk of London during the reign of Henry V whose bequest led to the School’s foundation. Alex highlighted the School’s many minorities which thrive among the majority and he spoke memorably of the safety he feels within City’s walls. He praised the School’s commitment to multiculturalism and its social inclusion. In Alex’s words, “City is a school in which high academic success is just one string to a boy’s bow.”

His words were echoed in the speech by Acting Head Dr. Richard Brookes, who spoke about curriculum reform and the value of aspiration. A particular strength this year has been the number of boys achieving success in the John Locke essay competition. As well as academic success, Dr. Brookes spoke of the seventy plus clubs and societies which make up the rich tapestry of life at City.

At this point, the Mayor handed out the prizes and the books which the boys had chosen. Out came the phones as this important moment in the boys’ school life was recorded for the family archive. The Chamber Choir then sang three works in German as an acknowledgement of 2017 marking 500 years since the Reformation and Luther’s nailing 95 theses on the door of the castle chapel in the German town of Wittenberg.

The Mayor then spoke most entertainingly of the School’s role within the wider educational family of the City of London Corporation and he thanked all those involved in the School’s successes this year: the pupils, the Staff, the parents and the Livery Companies whose financial support ensures that City retains in cultural diversity. He concluded with the words of Benjamin Franklin: “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”

At the tea which followed there was an opportunity to talk to some of last summer’s Leavers who had returned to collect their prizes. It was a pleasure to welcome them back and to hear of their ongoing successes in the wider world.

Many thanks to the Mayor for running the proceedings with such aplomb. Congratulations to the prize winners and to Deputy Head Mr McBroom for acting as Master of Ceremonies in announcing each prize winner.

City is a school in which high academic success is just one string to a boy’s bow.
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