the weekly newsletter from Dr Ruth Weeks, Headmistress
Celebration at Speech Day
16 November 2018
On Friday last week, members of the school's Governing Council, staff, parents and students gathered for Speech Day in the University of Birmingham’s prestigious Great Hall. A highlight of the Senior School calendar, this celebration is the occasion on which our most recent leavers are welcomed back for the formal presentation of their GCSE and A Level success certificates, and current girls are awarded School Prizes.
Addresses were made by Sir Dominic Cadbury, President of the School and Mr Jeremy Payne, Chair of Council. This was followed by a report from Dr Weeks and finally an address from the Head Girl and Deputy Head Girls Briony, Georgia and Mariam.
The evening was enhanced by musical interludes from the school’s exceptional choirs. The Senior Choir’s uplifting rendition of ‘A Million Dreams’ by Pasek & Paul arr. Skilbeck was followed by a moving performance of ‘You Raise Me Up’ by Graham & Lovland arr. Emerson from the Chamber Choir.
Later in proceedings, we were delighted to be joined by Lydia Marshall (Old Girl 2012), who served as the evening’s Guest Speaker and Prize Giver. Lara delivered an entertaining and inspirational speech, presenting to the girls a very personal account of life beyond EHS, the pathway to her career in communications and PR and offering sage advice as the girls themselves consider their futures. We would like to extend our grateful thanks again to Lydia for giving 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’s Head and Deputy Head Girl Lara Gamble and Eleanor Ng.
The evening was a fitting occasion at which to welcome back Year 14 as our newest group of 'Old Girls'; we wish them well in their endeavours after EHS and look forward to welcoming them back to school again in the near future.
Celebrations at Speech Day
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