LAST month The Minster School celebrated as students, staff, parents, and special guests gathered for their annual prizegiving.
This recognised and honoured students from Year 3 through to the departing Year 13 for their exceptional achievements and contributions across various aspects of school life, from academic study to sports and music.
One of the purposes of the evening was to acknowledge academic excellence. Students who displayed exceptional commitment, diligence, and proficiency in their studies were honoured for their outstanding achievements. The awards recognised excellence across a variety of academic disciplines, with an emphasis on those that had received their results in GCSEs and A-levels this summer.
Extra curricular endeavours were also celebrated. The school’s commitment to nurturing artistic talent was also on full display. Musicians and vocalists received recognition for their dedication to music and performed for the audience.
Sporting excellence was equally praised. Students who demonstrated both skill and sportsmanship were celebrated for their achievements in a range of sports from football to ice skating and athletics to swimming.
The school’s ethos is grounded in Colossians 3:23 ‘Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart asthough you were working for the Lord’. During the evening awards were presented to students who had demonstrated this alongside the school’s virtues of Wisdom, Optimism, Resilience, Kindness, and Service. It was opportunity to celebrate those that had embraced these values.
A highlight of this year’s Prizegiving was alumni guest speaker Matthew Powell. Matthew, a partner at Squire Patton Boggs – a law firm based in Dubai, shared his experience, speaking of the role that his education played in shaping his career and personal growth. He emphasised the importance of dedication, perseverance, and seizing opportunities. His story provided insight and encouragement, reminding the students of the infinite possibilities that lie in their futures.
For a full list of prize winners see page 29. Well done to everyone involved.