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Virtual Prize Giving Rounds off the Summer Term

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With life having taken a rather dramatic turn over the last few months, and with school life becoming more and more online, we decided to end the Summer Term with a virtual version of our annual Parents' Day prizegiving ceremony.

This day would usually be a mix of emotions, the final day of a week of celebrations for our Upper Sixth leavers. The prizegiving would see the whole school community – pupils, staff, parents, guests and OAs – gather together to say well done to those who have set the pace and tone, both in and out of the classroom. At our Leavers' Service, held in the school Chapel, we would say a fond farewell to those leaving the school. After an afternoon of picnics and cricket, the day would culminate in the lavish Leavers' Ball, where everyone would come together again to enjoy an evening of fine dining, music, dancing, and on occasion, an impressive fireworks display.

But, as with many things this year, this was not to be. However, we wanted to round off the term by celebrating our pupils and their many achievements. So, with some IT and administrative support from various staff, on Friday 3 July, we broadcast our virtual ceremony via Facebook Live.

The Woodard Room was decorated, and chairs were set out, spaced apart, to enable those staff onsite to attend the event.

This year, we were joined – albeit virtually – by guest speaker, Major General Charles Stickland CB OBE. He spoke to us about his own life experience before and during his military career, from a young officer to becoming the Commandant General of the Royal Marines., offering some salient life advice to our young leavers.

It was warming to read the many comments we received from families far and wide, who were able to enjoy a small component of a day they would otherwise have been attending.

"Thank you for the live prizegiving, as always it hit the right spot, quite emotional goodness knows how I will be next year!! Well done King's!"

"Thank you from two very proud Grand parents. Our first granddaughter 2 years ago and her sister in the sixth form this year. Was lovely to watch the end of term. Sad it wasn't as per usual, but we thank you for what you have done for us that couldn't attend. Well done all of you."

"Oh it's so sad that they missed out on the celebrations! I have fond memories of my own of these. Congratulations and best wishes to all of them, and this is lovely that this still went ahead in some form."

"Congratulations to all the leavers, best of luck in the next part of your journey."

If you didn't catch the live version, here is the recording below:


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We hope you enjoy this, our Virtual Prizegiving Ceremony, celebrating our pupils and their many achievements.

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