On Wednesday 6 July, we celebrated a joyful and relaxed Junior Prize Giving with Year 7 and 9 pupils and parents. There was something particularly special about celebrating this event together again, in person, in the Chapel.
Our new Head Girl (Charlotte) and Deputy Head Girls (Aimée and Aoife) spoke with warmth and encouragement to the School community, reminding the girls that they have all accomplished a huge amount to be proud of in this academic year. Mrs Alexandra Neil spoke to the girls about the ‘superpower’ of confidence and self-belief. This is a message that teachers at Farnborough Hill support so strongly. Believe in yourself and you can achieve anything. The girls listened with particular interest to the special addresses delivered by their own Head of Year. Mrs Emily Harrison and Miss Naomi Lynch spoke of the enormous privilege it is to be a Head of Year and of the progress every girl has made this year.
It is not hard to notice how very ‘British’ our girls can be about receiving praise. All too often they want to shrug it off and are quick to downplay their own achievements. Prize Giving is about celebrating all that is best about Farnborough Hill and it was really special to watch the prize-winners' faces light up as they heard their names read out as recognition was given, not just for achievement, but also for progress. The prize winners received their awards from Mr Gerry McCormack, the Chair of Governors, and conducted themselves with great confidence and poise.
We were delighted to welcome pupils who have been awarded Year 7 scholarships for the new academic year and are pleased to feel that they are already part of the Farnborough Hill community. We all enjoyed the performance of Hallelujah and Blackbird from the Year 7 and 9 choir members and know the girls were excited and felt very grown up performing from the tribune (normally home to the Senior Choir). The afternoon was rounded off with a lovely tea on the Cloister Lawn.