Speech Day and Prize Giving 2017
Tuesday 11th July 2017
On Saturday 1 July, the community of Queen Anne’s School came together for the school’s annual Speech Day and Prize Giving ceremony to celebrate the end of the academic year.
We were delighted to welcome Stacey Dooley as our guest speaker and prize giver for the morning. Stacey Dooley is one of BBC3’s most celebrated presenters whose life took an unexpected turn when she traveled to India in 2007 for the BBC3 Series, Blood, Sweat and T-Shirts to live and work alongside the people in the Indian fashion industry making clothes for the UK High Street. Over the last 10 years Stacey has campaigned against child labour, raising awareness and money for charities. Stacey Dooley Investigates has seen Stacey look at a variety of hard hitting topics across the world, including the dark side of tourism in Thailand and Kenya. Stacey has always had an honest and direct presence on our screens immersering herself in different groups with extreme ideologies and beliefs. She has found herself on the front-line in Iraq with the all-female Yazidi battalion, in Canada exploring the missing indigenous girls and reporting on the social and political situation for women in Honduras.
The morning began with performances from members of the school’s talented and lively Concert Band and Jazzabelles who performed a selection of songs, followed by a captivating solo by U6 cellist, Antonia.
We then saw Pheobe and Bianca, both U5, perform Pheobe’s GCSE dance piece Unconditional Love which powerfully represents a family relationship. Not forgetting the L4 Choir, who shined in their performance of Disney’s Part of your World.
Jonnie Noakes, MA, Chair of Governors, then welcomed pupils, parents and guests to the celebrations and as part of his welcoming speech highlighted the school’s future “Heart of the School” developments.
The theme for this year’s Speech Day was “Gutsy Girls”, a theme which Mrs Harrington touched upon throughout her speech.
“To be creative, inventive and a discoverer you need courage, determination and spirit”
This included highlighting the positive impact that the new, award-winning, sixth form centre has had on the girls, focusing on the themed breakout rooms in The Space.
Throughout Mrs Harrington’s speech, guests were treated to a variety of gutsy performances, including a tap dance to modernised version of New York, New York, from Queen Anne’s dancers Sophie (4), Isabella (U5), Tia (L5) and Hannah (U5).
The talented L5 Dramanauts showcased the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party from the successful school production of Scenes from Alice. Maddi playing Alice, Abbie playing the Door Mouse, Zoe playing the Hare and Lyra playing the Mad Hatter.
Molly (4), who gained has gained her Grade VIII in piano and recorder with distinctions in both, took to the stage to perform Concerto No 2 in G by Robert Woodcock. An achievement almost unheard of for her age.
“Queen Anne’s girls will not flinch when they hear things they disagree with – they are well prepared to both listen and discuss gritty issues, taking on board the importance of respecting difference”
The Queen Anne’ senior dancers, Pheobe (U5), Hannah (U5) and Olivia (L6) performed an outstanding modern contemporary piece to Rag’n’Bone Man’s Human.
This was then followed by an impressive example of a Queen Anne’s gutsy girl when Cesca (L4) performed specially learnt monologue.
“life is scary for us all and it’s what you do about it that matters”.
Continuing with this theme, VOCES8 took to the stage to perform a medley, which they had arranged, rehearsed and choreographed without any involvement from teaching staff. We also saw L6 girls, Frankie and Georgie perform an extract from Sue Towsend’s Thelma.
“wherever you find yourself, you can always dig deep for determination to learn from and accept the help of others”.
Before presenting prizes to the girls, Guest Speaker, Stacey Dooley, took the stage to deliver her speech. Sharing with us an insight into her career with the BBC, explaining how she seized every opportunity that was given to her and how she came to present investigative documentaries around the world. She touched on her experiences travelling to the front-line in Iraq to film the all-female Yazidi battalion, who are fighting the so-called Islamic State, and how inspired she is by these brave young women.
Following the prize giving ceremony, during which Stacey Dooley congratulated each individual girl, the outgoing Head Girls, Kate and Oluwaseun, delivered an inspiring speech reflecting on their time at Queen Anne’s and passing on words of wisdom to the lower school girls that will follow their footsteps.
“Keep up your positive attitudes and grasp every opportunity that comes your way”
Kate and Oluwaseun spoke fondly of their time at Queen Anne’s including the development of sport, which has enabled the girls to be more competitive and progress further in local, county and national competitions. They even touched upon the fun spirit that surrounds the U6 girl’s cooking and parking habits. You can read the full speech here.
“Keep your core values and those important to you close. Your social media followers will come and go, but the foundations from these formative stages of your life are something that will always remain”
Guests were then invited to enjoy refreshments outside Michell House. Pupils, parents and staff members enjoyed sparkling wine and strawberries as a steel band played followed by a number of dance performances from some of the pupils. This featured a GCSE choreography piece, contemporary jazz, modern dance and a ballet performance named Sleeping Beauty which captivated the guests.