Senior Prize Giving

On Tuesday 29 September we celebrated the success of our older students at our annual Senior Prize Giving Ceremony. The atmosphere for celebration was set by the String Group, under the direction of Mrs Harber, who were playing beautifully as invited guests arrived in the Main Hall.

Over 100 senior students in Years 11-13 were awarded prizes for academic achievement, endeavour and excellence and received their prizes from their Head of House. Mrs Euridge spoke enthusiastically about the rich and diverse range of activities that students at Oxted School participate in and the numerous successes they enjoy, which was followed by talks given by several students about their own extracurricular experiences in the past year. The audience heard about ‘Lessons from Auschwitz’ by Joe Johnson and James Stevens who gave a very moving account of their trip; ‘Campaigning for Young Epilepsy’ by Owen Thurston, whose own experiences of epilepsy have inspired him to raise public awareness and who has campaigned to Parliament, and ‘A Costa Rican Adventure’ by Dominic Baker, Hannah Ephgrave and Ella Kenyon who gave a true account of their True Adventure experience in the summer, a ‘warts and all’ account of an amazing trip!

This year’s guest speaker was Sir Richard Stilgoe, a local resident with an international reputation in performance, writing, and especially for his involvement in promoting music for children and young adults as Chairman of Youth Music and founder of The Orpheus Centre in Godstone. Sir Richard gave a very entertaining speech in his inimitable style, conjuring memories of his TV appearances for some of the older members of the audience, but which was completely relevant to our students. His three wise tips were not only very funny but also gave an inspiring insight into his own philosophy on life. A retiring collection was made in support of The Orpheus Centre, which has also been a beneficiary of the Sixth Form Rag Week in recent years.

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