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Christs' Hospital Annual Speech Day & Prize Giving

Whilst we have given a prize for many years, we have recently agreed to present a pupil, beginning in September 2018 and the Junior Warden Andrew Whitton has agreed to be our representative with this organisation. His report of his first vist is below:

I attended this Annual event in glorious sunshine commencing with refreshments at 10:00 (as we were delayed in traffic, we did not get refreshed) followed by the Chapel Service at 10:45.

At 11:45 the Lord Mayor, led by the City Marshall, Sword and Mace Bearers and accompanied by Alderman & Sheriff Tim Hailes, the Lady Mayoress and Fiona Adler together with the Treasurer (Chairman of the Council of Christ’s Hospital) took the “salute” at the March Past, led by the school Band, who had accompanied the Lord Mayor in the Lord Mayor’s Show last November. Although the school is 50:50 male/female, the best group who marched in perfect time consisted entirely of ladies – any RSM would have been proud of them.

We then adjourned to Big School for the Prize Giving and heard speeches from the Headmaster and Lord Mayor and an excellent Oration from the Senior Grecian. The Lord Mayor then gave out the school prizes to the Grecians (those in their final year who have shown excellence in more than one academic subject are call Grecians) and then the various prizes donated by Livery companies and individuals. The Needlemakers Prize was won by Annabel Winship a Grecian, who also won the Grecian prize for History of Art.

Unfortunately we had to leave before the buffet lunch, but as my first visit it was a resounding success and a privilege to be there.

Also attending I saw Alderman Dr Sir Andrew Parmley, Delva Patman (PM Chartered Surveyors) and Paul Herbage, President City Livery Club (PM Cook).