Students win plaudits for their achievement, effort, progress and service in school.
The Prep School Awards Ceremony is a time for pupils and their families and teachers to mark the end of the academic year and the start of a new chapter. This year, as always, it was also a time to recognise and celebrate Thornton pupils’ achievements.
In between fantastic musical and theatrical entertainment provided by the Reception girls through to the Year 6s, individual students received awards for their dedication to academic subjects as well as trophies for reading, writing, courtesy and commitment to learning.
It was a special moment when Anna B, Harriet P, Maya P and Elisabetta T each collected treasured Platinum awards for their fantastic achievement in gaining at least 250 House or Service points. Meanwhile, Cavendish members were delighted to win the Jessop House Cup for the most House points over the past year.
Guest speaker, Dr Alison Mowbray, also entertained and inspired the audience with the story of how she became an unlikely Olympian medallist by doing the thing she loved to the best of her ability. ‘When I was a school I wasn’t good at sport. I couldn’t catch, throw, hit or run,’ she said. It was only when she was aged 18 and got in a rowing boat for the first time that she found her niche.
Over subsequent years she trained so hard that she became good enough to qualify for the 2000 Sydney Olympics and, in Athens in 2004, to win a silver medal. ‘Really do have the courage to go after your dreams on a daily basis. Never stop believing,’ she told pupils. ‘This is the start of your story.’