Students picked up prizes in recognition of a range of achievements at Derby Grammar School’s annual Speech Day.
Proud parents, staff, governors and special guests gathered at the Riverside Centre in Pride Park to watch the ceremony.
Prizes, certificates, shields and trophies were awarded to students for achievements across all areas of school life including academic, sporting, musical, creative and extra-curricular activities.
The evening began with a video of the school’s long-running Tanzania fundraising project and this was followed by a performance from students in the Junior School and opening prayers from Chaplain, Reverend Paul Taylor.
Head, Dr Ruth Norris, delivered her first address after officially taking up her position this month.
She said: “I’m delighted to have taken up the position as head and I’ve really enjoyed the various opportunities to get to know the Derby Grammar School community.
“There is much to celebrate. There is our student body, supportive parents and excellent results and tonight is all about the successes of our community.”
Going forward, Dr Norris said the school would prepare students for the challenges of the careers that lay ahead of them and help them to develop desirable, workplace skills. She said the school would embrace the role of technology in our world and that school leaders would make considered decisions about the use of it.
“We will ensure that pupils enter into the adult world as responsible citizens who take responsibility for their behaviour. We will prepare students for their future, not our past,” she said.
The school’s Barbershop Choir performed on stage after a review of the school year from Deputy Head, Lesley Reynolds.
Prizes were then presented before former student and guest speaker, Ben Bradley MP, spoke to the audience.
Mr Bradley talked about his political career and said that being an MP in Westminster was the “hugest honour.” He also praised Derby Grammar School for playing an important role in his own life and said: “By virtue of being at Derby Grammar School you have had a great start, so I trust you to make the most of it.”
Outgoing Head Prefect Robbie Cooper then gave a farewell talk and the evening ended with a stunning performance from student Samuel Veitch, who sang with the school’s Swing Band.
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