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Speech Day 2011

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This year’s Thanksgiving Service and Leavers’ Valedictory in the Priory was led by the Reverend Anne Baker, Vicar of Eskdale and friend of St. Bees School. The congregation entered to ‘Trio Sonata No 6’ by J.S.Bac’ and ‘Locus Iste’ by A. Bruckner, and then sang the hymn ‘Who Would True Valour see’ by J. Bunyan and R. Vaughan Williams.

Ben Greene and Anna Catherine Thompson read the valedictory readings that encouraged us to dig deep and look to the future to make things happen for ourselves. Naomi Harrison read the reading; ‘Matthew 5: 1-12’.

The choir, led by Mr. Turpin, sang ‘Zadok the Priest’ by G.F.Handel beautifully before the Reverend Canon Jim Baker M.B.E gave the address. Once the congregation had recited The School Prayer (click here for the words), the congregation left the Priory to the organ postlude ‘Sonata (First Movement)’ by Sir E. Elgar.

Then it was onto the Sports Hall for the prize giving ceremony. The list of prize winners and the prizes they won can be viewed by clicking here.

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Following the end of year speech from the Headmaster, (Click here to view) Isaac Moore, Head Boy, and Saoirse Jennings-Adams, Head Girl, gave a talk highlighting their experiences whilst at St. Bees. Saoirse remembers singing ‘Zadok the Priest’ on her first day at School aged eleven, and was particularly moved to be singing it again in her last year. Isaac’s fondest memories are from his times on the rugby pitch and coming runners up in the recent Rosslyn Park Sevens Competition.


Nick Patrascu, an EU Scholar and Maddy Hicks an ESU Student, then shared their experiences of St. Bees School over the last year. Both students having had the opportunity to full board at St. Bees to gain experience of the English system and take part in the examination process. Both students spoke about how welcome they had been made to feel on arrival at St. Bees and how much they had enjoyed their stay. Sam Grunsell then sang 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow' to warm applause from the audience.

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The guest of honour, Lord Inglewood of Hutton-in-the-Forest spoke about the importance of education and congratulated all the pupils present for their achievements, not just those winning prizes.

Finally, the Parents and Governors were treated to a once only rendition of Queens 'Bohemian Rhapsody’ by the whole school.

Congratulations to all those who won prizes this year, and also to those who didn’t win a prize but have worked hard to progress through the year.

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