On Friday 9 November, we were delighted to welcome staff, students, parents and special guests into school, as we celebrated the achievements of our students during the 2017/18 academic year with our showcase Awards Evening. We were also delighted to welcome back our Class of 2018 for a champagne reception, reported here, and it was great to see the girls for the first time since results day to hear all about their adventures at university, on apprenticeships and in the working world since leaving Northampton High.
Drinks and delicious canapés prepared by Mrs McCue and her team were enjoyed, before our guests were invited to take their seats ahead of the start of proceedings. Dr Stringer’s theme for this year’s Awards Evening, and our Highlights booklet which can be found here, was ‘Pioneering’; Dr Stringer in her opening report explained to captivated guests how our girls continue to flourish in a variety of ways, challenging themselves to be the best that they can be both in and out of the classroom.
Before the presentation of awards, we were treated to two drama monologues. Cigarettes and Chocolate performed by Ezri Mannion and Richard III performed by Grace Gee, as part of their LAMDA Grade 8 Acting. The performances mesmerised our guests as they presented the passionate monologues from their chosen pieces.
Mr Rickman had the honour of introducing all of our award winners to the stage individually to collect their prizes, presented to them by our evenings guest speaker, Prof Helen ApSimon CBE, an Alumna of Northampton High and Professor of Air Pollution at Imperial College London. Each student was welcomed to the stage by a warm round of applause, a great moment as each girl was commended for their outstanding efforts and achievement.
Katie Ratcliffe gave an outstanding musical performance of Study No. 10 by Kohler on the flute, and was met by thunderous applause, ahead of our Guest Speaker, Helen ApSimon. Helen talked passionately about her schooling at Northampton High, her university education at Oxford, her career in Air Pollution Studies and recounted some of her incredible experiences, as students, parents and staff watched on enthralled. ‘We believe in our girls, and they believe in themselves’ is the Northampton High mantra, and Helen’s achievements are testament to this.
A powerful vote of thanks was then delivered by our Head Girl, Mariam Ziada, who spoke passionately to her peers, and thanked Prof. ApSimon for her motivational talk, and for being our guest for the evening. All that was left was for our Chair of Governors, Deidre Newham, to deliver her closing remarks, and bring down the curtain on what had been a wonderful evening of celebration.
We would like to thank all of our guests for joining us on what was a fantastic evening. We are very lucky to have such a strong supportive community.
To view more photos from the event, please click here