We ended the term at the Senior School & Sixth Form on Friday when the whole School community came together to celebrate the many and varied achievements of all our students at a thoroughly enjoyable Speech Day. We were especially delighted to welcome our guest of honour, author Rachel Joyce, to celebrate the end of another highly successful academic year.

During the prize-giving, as well as seeing a variety of prizes and awards being presented, the audience were treated to some impressive student performances, including a piano solo from Milly T (Year 13), a reading of “Dear Mr Examiner” by Gareth Owen from Daniel L (Year 10) a reading of a Laurie Lee extract from James W (Year 13) and a beautiful rendition of “Over the Rainbow” by the Senior Choir.

The Headmistress, Mrs Pat Clayfield, began proceedings with a review of the year and the huge amount of activities completed, and accomplishments achieved, since September. She also paid tribute to the students, parents and staff, acknowledging that it is the people that make St Edward’s what it is and that the future of the school is very bright.

Head Boy, Alexander L, and Head Girl, Monica A, gave an excellent joint speech reflecting on their time at St Edward’s and their hopes for the future.

Our guest speaker for the day was Rachel Joyce, author of “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry”, which was long-listed for Man Booker and published in over 30 languages, “Perfect”, “The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy” and “The Music Shop”. She delivered a very witty address to the students and their parents focussing on the joy and importance of being creative.

Following prize-giving staff, students and their families all enjoyed a delicious lunch in the sunshine on the front lawn. The event was a lovely occasion, and a fitting way to celebrate everything our students have achieved this year, whilst looking ahead and appreciating all that is to come.