Baroness Greenfield talks at Speech Day

Thursday 1st August 2013

On Saturday 29 June, the community of Queen Anne’s School came together for their annual Speech Day and Prize Giving ceremony to celebrate the end of the academic year. The guest speaker and prize giver was Baroness Susan Greenfield, CBE FRCP, who is a British scientist, writer, broadcaster, and member of the House of Lords.


The morning began with a selection of duets from members of the talented and lively Saxoholics before Chairman of Governor’s, Vice Admiral Peter Dunt, CB DL welcomed girls, parents and guests to the celebrations. The theme for this year’s Speech Day was technology, the brain and our changing world – topics which featured throughout Mrs Harrington’s speech.

Mrs Harrington began by talking about how Queen Anne’s is preparing its pupils for an ever-changing world and how the school’s ‘Life and Learning Programme’ is ensuring that the girls are “individuals who are masters of the human touch and of their own destinies.” She also recapped some of the highlights from the last academic year, took a trip down memory lane to look at how the school addressed challenges in 1894 and then focused on the future of Queen Anne’s as the school will celebrate its 120th anniversary next year.

Throughout Mrs Harrington’s speech, guests were treated to drama performances from Annabel Marlow (U4), Caitlin Croke (L5) and Sammy Trotman (U6) as well as musical performances from Constance Peterson (U6), Charlotte Woodward (U6) and the Gospel Choir.

Towards the end of her speech, Mrs Harrington introduced a video which had been specially created for Speech Day. The video featured some of Queen Anne’s girls talking about their hopes for the future and how they see their changing world. Click below to view the video.

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Before presenting prizes to the girls, Guest Speaker, Baroness Greenfield took to the floor to deliver a fascinating and insightful speech to the audience.  Baroness Greenfield, whose specialty is the physiology of the brain, has worked to research and bring attention to Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.


Following the prizing giving ceremony, during which Baroness Greenfield hugged and congratulated each individual girl, the outgoing Head Girls, Tabitha Jones and Sarah-Jane Laing delivered a  superb and moving speech.

The morning ended with all photographs, sparkling wine and strawberries on the front lawn.



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