On Wednesday afternoon, our Year 6 class of 2021 took part in a socially-distanced Presentation Ceremony, streamed live so that family members were able to watch along at home.  

Year 6 have had a unique last year of Prep School. We had never imagined that this would be how our students’ time would end. Over the last year the St Edward’s community has demonstrated great strength, adaptability, and unity and the Year 6 pupils have been no exception.

The audience were treated to several musical numbers from the recent Year 6 production of “Peter Pan JNR”, performed with aplomb!

They then heard from several speakers, including special guest, Douglas Hughes. Mr Hughes is Senior Director of Packaging for Mondelez International (the owners of Cadbury), focussing on improving the sustainability of packaging materials. He explained that at the heart of it, his job is about people. He spoke about how he works in a diverse work community and how important innovation and creativity are to the way in which his team works, especially in their projects with Cadbury.

He explained how Cadbury are built on solid principals, which are still at the core of their business today, and how the company has always strived to do what is right, both for the business, their consumer, employees and the environment.

Our fantastic Head Boy Max and Head Girl Karoline, delivered excellent speeches, with a huge amount of confidence. They reminisced on their time at school, the struggles we have all faced over the past year, and how the school has supported the pupils throughout it all.  

During the ceremony a range of prizes were awarded to recognise the hard work and progress of the pupils during their time at the Prep School.  

To end proceedings, our Prep Headmaster, Mr McKernan, had the audience gripped as he delivered his final message to the pupils, including a couple of his ‘best-worst jokes’ and some positive messages to live life by. He concluded by reading the poem ‘Digging’, by Seamus Heaney.

Good luck to the Class of 2021, we hope to see each of you again soon.