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Celebration at Speech Day

18 November 2016

On Friday 11 November, members of the School's Governing Council, parents, teachers and students gathered in the University of Birmingham's Great Hall for the School’s 141st annual Speech Day.

Speech Day is a highlight of the school calendar and a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the achievements of last year's returning Year 13 and students from the current Years 12 and 13.

The opening address was given by Sir Dominic Cadbury, President of Council. This was followed by reports from Mr Jeremy Payne, Chair of Council; Dr Weeks; Head Girl Bethany Lucas and her deputies Beatrice Kesssedjian and Malala Yousafzai. The evening was enhanced by excellent musical interludes from the Senior and Chamber Choirs who performed Karl Jenkins’ ‘Adiemus’ (from Songs of Sanctuary) and ‘Bridge Over Troubled Waters’ by Paul Simon, respectively.

We were very fortunate to be joined by Meg Gardiner (EHS 2005), who served as the evening’s Guest Speaker and Prize Giver. After graduating from Cambridge with a degree in Music with Education Studies at Homerton College Cambridge, Meg went on to study for a degree in Law and also completed the Legal Practice Course.  She qualified as a solicitor and joined the Enforcement division of the financial services regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority, as a lawyer. Meg delivered an inspiring speech, sharing with the audience her lasting memories of EHS and how her experiences here have shaped her outlook in life. We would like to extend our grateful thanks again to Meg Gardiner for giving of her time so generously.

The ceremony closed with a Vote of Thanks from the Head Girl and a presentation of flowers to the speaker, offered by the Prep School Head Girl and Deputy Head Girl Noor Lambert and Jaipreet Dhanjal.

The evening was a fitting occasion at which to welcome back our newest group of 'Old Girls'; we wish them well in their endeavours after EHS and look forward to welcoming them back into School again in the near future.

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