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10 July 2017

We Said a Fond Farewell to Our Upper Sixth Leavers

We said a fond farewell to our Upper Sixth Form on Saturday at our annual Parents’ Day.

Our speaker this year was Alastair Hignell CBE.

Alastair was an England rugby player, professional cricketer, double Blue at Cambridge, teacher, BBC commentator, documentary maker and television presenter.

As well as playing rugby for England on 14 occasions, Alastair was also a middle order batsman for Gloucestershire between 1974 and 1983, three times scoring a thousand runs in a season.

He taught part-time at Bristol Cathedral School and full-time at Sherborne, and was a sports commentator with BBC Radio. He has produced and presented documentaries on regional and national television.

Alastair has a CBE for services to sport and charity, the BBC Sports Personality’s Helen Rollason Award for courage and achievement in the face of adversity, while his autobiography, “Higgy…Matches, Microphones and MS“ was the British Sports Book Club’s Rugby book of the year in 2012. He took medical retirement from the BBC in 2008 but has continued to be active in the field of charity, as Patron of MSUK and as a trustee at Leonard Cheshire Disability.

The glorious weather held fast, allowing parents and pupils to enjoy picnicking in the grounds as our cricket team played their final match together. Our art and DT departments were opened up to showcase the creative talent of our pupils, and our Big Band accompanied the speeches and prize giving.

This is day, as always, was full of emotion, laughter, tears and celebration, culminating in the fabulous Leavers’ Ball in the evening.

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