The sun shone on the resplendent Mansion Lawn, complete with fairground carousel, providing the most glorious setting for the Junior School Prize Giving, which took place in the marquee on Thursday 11 July. As is traditional, the day began with drama productions from each class, in which every child had a speaking role as well as a quite splendid costume. A number of performances were linked to particular curriculum areas studied throughout the year and many parents commented on the success of this development, as well as the quality of the drama on offer. The Junior School Chamber Choir also performed and the event concluded with all the children on stage to sing a Summer Medley.
A picnic lunch in the wonderful parkland setting is always a popular part of the day and the enjoyment was enhanced by the chance to ride on the traditional fairground carousel.
The formal Prize Giving began with selected Year 6 musicians joining the Senior School Schola Cantorum to sing the processional hymn in Latin. In her thought-provoking and humorous speech, Mrs Cook, the Head of Junior School, highlighted the many impressive achievements of the Junior School children as well as the success of the various initiatives that had been introduced throughout the year. The Headmaster then presented the class and academic prizes to the selected Prize Winners.
The ceremony ended with prayers led by The Rev Canon Roger Humphreys and the singing of the School hymn. The occasion was a celebration for the end of a very successful year for the Junior School and a fitting farewell to the Year 6 leavers.