Speech Day and Prize Giving 2014

Monday 30th June 2014

On Saturday 28 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 entrepreneur and author Sahar Hashemi, OBE. Sahar Hashemi founded Coffee Republic, the UK’s first US style coffee bar chain with her brother and has also published a bestselling book ‘Anyone Can Do It – Building Coffee Republic from Our Kitchen Table’, the 2nd highest selling book on entrepreneurship.

The morning began with performances from a selection of Music Technology students and members of the talented and lively Saxoholics before Chair of Governors, Vice Admiral Peter Dunt, CB DL welcomed girls, parents and guests to the celebrations.

The theme for this year’s Speech Day was ‘game changing women’, a topic which featured throughout Mrs Harrington’s speech.

Mrs Harrington began by talking about how Queen Anne’s is preparing its pupils for a fast changing world and inspiring girls to be “individuals who can take on life, challenge injustice, stand up for rights, champion the underdog and build strength and confidence, whether you’re changing the world or life much closer to home.”

She also recapped some of the highlights from the last academic year, discussed the continued work with the school’s Life and Learning Programme and how the school is “looking ahead down the spy glass of the 21st Century”.

Throughout Mrs Harrington’s speech, guests were treated to drama performances from Madeleine Pavey (4) and Sophie McAlpine (L6) including Daphne Psarra (U4) and Anna Way (U4) performing a piece of slam poetry that they had written themselves.

Musical performances also featured during Mrs Harrington’s speech included Junior Guildhall School of Music student Gabrielle Woodward (U5) who performed her own composition specifically written to commemorate the anniversary of World War 1 and Camille Morana (U4), who has achieved her Grade 8 on the violin aged 13, performing Partita Number 2 by Bach. The final performance came from Queen Anne’s VOCES8 trained vocalists who performed their own composition of ‘Royals’ by Lorde.

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 nominating their favourite game changers and how they plan to change the game in the future.

Before presenting prizes to the girls, Guest Speaker, Sahar Hashemi, OBE, took to the floor to deliver a fascinating and insightful speech to the audience. Sahar Hashemi spoke about her experiences in business and passed on a number of key points of advice including, “it takes 15 years to become an over-night success!”

Following the prize giving ceremony, during which Sahar Hashemi congratulated each individual girl, the outgoing Head Girls, Saskia Hamilton-Bowker and Nilofar Samadi delivered an inspirational summary of their time at Queen Anne’s, describing the opportunity to represent the school as “a real privilege”.

The morning ended with a performance of ‘Jerusalem’, based on the poem by William Blake with music written by Sir Hubert Parry, all photographs, and sparkling wine and strawberries outside Michell House, which was enjoyed by all despite the wet weather conditions.

Please see below for a slideshow of photographs from Speech Day and Prize Giving 2014:


Created with flickr slideshow.

 

 

Recent News

Sophie Volunteers at the DSISO European Open Swimming Championships in Paris

08 December 2017

In November, Sophie W (U6) attended the DSISO European Open Swimming Championships in Paris, which was the first synchronised swimming competition that she had taken part in as a coach.
 

Recent News

Queen Anne's Art Students Attend Foundation Schools' Art Exhibition in Chelsea

06 December 2017

On Tuesday 21 November, the Art Scholars from Queen Anne's attended the Foundation Schools' Art Exhibition Private View at the Tanya Baxter Contemporary in Chelsea.
 

Recent News

Queen Anne's Sports News

04 December 2017

A round up of all the latest sports news from Queen Anne's in the week commencing Monday 27 November.
 

Recent News

The Senior Musicians Bring the House Down at the Senior Concert

01 December 2017

On Tuesday 21 November, the Senior Musicians from Queen Anne's brought the house down with their outstanding performances at the Senior Music Concert held in the School Hall.
 

Recent News

U6 English Students Inspired at Imperial College Study Day

29 November 2017

Dr Bellamy's U6 English A Level class attended an excellent study day at Imperial College, London, hosted by English in Action and focusing specifically on the 'WWI and its Aftermath' examination paper.
 

Recent News

BrainCanDo featured in the Daily Mail

28 November 2017

On Monday 27 November BrainCanDo and its Founder, Julia Harrington, featured in the Daily Mail in an article entitled ‘Tell children the benefits of learning rather than reward results, parents urged’.
 

Recent News

Queen Anne's Sports News

27 November 2017

A round up of all the latest sports news in the week commencing Monday 20 November 2017.
 

Recent News

The Sixth Form Spanish Students visit the Cervantes Institute

24 November 2017

The Sixth Form Spanish students from Queen Anne's went to London to watch La Casa de Bernarda Alba in Spanish at the Cervantes Institute.
 

Recent News

L6 Art Students Visit Reading University

22 November 2017

A Level Art students from Queen Anne's visited the Reading University Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics (CINN) to meet with Professor Tom Johnstone.
 

Recent News

Queen Anne's Sports News

20 November 2017

A round up of all the latest sports news from Queen Anne's in the week commencing Monday 13 November.
 

Next Event

Dorchester Abbey Carol Service

14 December 2017

Girls are free to leave for the Christmas holidays following our annual Carol Service at Dorchester Abbey.