PRIZE GIVING SPEECH 2009
Welcome: Worshipful Mayor of Charnwood, Chairman, Governors, Ladies & Gentlemen, Boys and Girls.
Introduction: I am proud and honoured to be Headmaster of such an „outstanding school‟ and report on this school year.
In the course of the year, I visit and inspect many other schools: Fairfield is now as good as the best in the country. Reasons: - outstanding staff - committed and multi-talented children - fully supportive parents
Guest of Honour: Such an important occasion in the school year requires a special „Guest of Honour. Neil Price is currently Head of Bablake Prep School in Coventry; educated @ Bristol, he is in his 3rd Headship and for most of his career, and personal
schooling, his time was spent in Africa. Later he will be sharing some entertaining African stories with us! It is hard to believe that we are now at this time of year again. - Prize Giving - Sports Days - Year 6 production - Report writing - Leavers‟ Concerts ......... and,
- Goodbyes – and it is always a sad time to see pupils and staff “move on”.
Why Prize Giving? Today, is one of many days in the school year when we recognise: Success Excellence Endeavour Loyalty Personal achievement
celebrate this through: House Points Book of Achievement Merit badges Posts of responsibility
Certificates Cups and trophies Teams – House, School, Regional & National Opportunities – „Sport and Music for all‟
.......to name but a few.
Tonight is for you: Parents Staff Governors to celebrate and say congratulations to Year 6, subject winners and those in Years 3, 4 & 5 who deserve „personal recognition‟.
Enjoy this evening!
This year has been hugely successful and incredibly busy – you have all been better informed by our new on line communication system - Parent Mail. To date, over 210 letters have been sent out to you this year: which in times of „credit crunch‟ value for money.
Last October was a special occasion for the school. This building was officially named the
Eadon Hall and it is a great pleasure to welcome back to the schools Mr Eadon. Mr Eadon served as Headmaster from 1988 – 2001.
Year 6: An amazing year! Everyone returned in a positive vein last September (even the children)!
Sat 11+ exams in January with minimal fuss. Excellent results again – 11 Scholarships -100% passed to 1st choice schools - This year, 76 out of 79 to LGS/LHS Scholarships have been awarded to: Jake Baum Bethany Catchpole Ashley Collins Thomas Eveson Evie Powell Madeleine Reed Hannah Sutclife Jake Baum Ashley Collin Bethan Mackie Aoife Miralles were also awarded Music Scholarships
Congratulations to all of the pupils and thank you to all of the staff – from Reception to Year 6 - who have prepared them so well!
Aoife Miralles, our double Music scholar, will now play a harp solo „Au bord du Ruisseau‟ (by the riverside) by Henriette Renie.
Regional & National Successes:
Children @ Fairfield never cease to amaze me: they have a variety of talents and they have endless opportunities to perform at the highest level. Congratulations to:
National Lego Building Champion‟ and represented England in Denmark last October. Chess – Chess Champions this year are Shivani Patel and Ashish Trusz. Rahul Jassi, Oliver France and Ashish Trusz went through to the Giga Finals last year – all played well and came in the top half of the competition for their year group – unusual for a Junior School to have as many as 3 players through to the Giga Finals. This year, once again 3 players are through to the Giga Finals to be played in the Summer – Ashish Trusz, Rahul Jassi and Druv Patel. Ashish is the regional Chess Supremo for the U10‟s and Druv Patel is the new U8‟s Supremo.
Mini Bridge 12 Bridge players Mini-Bridge competed in the in
All 6 pairs were placed –
Madeleine Reed & Bethany Catchpole and Isi Webb-Jenkins and Elenor Ippaso
deserve special mention for their excellent play. Other pairs were: Jamie Moulding & Charlie Rizk Hannah Sutcliffe & Olivia Younger Bethany Stuart & Harriet Hale Tom Roberts and Rahul Jassi Some of our top athletes trained @ the University with a former world record holder Paula Ratcliffe, which was for them, (and hopefully for her) „a day to remember‟.
Running Club continues to be a popular activity with over 50 children regularly attending from Years 3-6.
The school has entered a number of competitions throughout the year, the first in October, hosted by Brooke Priory when a number of our runners received medals and shields for excellent performances.
In March, we entered 5 teams in the Dagfa House Invitation event and they returned victorious in 4 of the 5 competitions, running against some tough opposition from a number of other leading
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The season ended with the Loughborough Area Championships held at the
Loughborough Grammar School playing fields in Quorn. Out of 46 runners from Fairfield competing in this event, 24 qualified to represent Loughborough at the County Championships at the end of March. The school was delighted that
Archie Banks was the winner of the U9 boys race, a well deserved County
Champion and the performance of many other Fairfield boys in the same race led to the U9 boys from Loughborough,
becoming County Champions.
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U10‟s Netball team won the Oakham Tournament Plate. The U11 girls Hockey team enjoyed unprecedented success in a memorable season:
(a) they won the Foremarke, Lutterworth, Bromsgrove and Leicestershire Mini Hockey tournaments
(b) at the Regional IAPS Finals @ Repton, the girls were 2 nd and qualified for the National Finals coming 8th out of 61 schools.
(c) in the Mini-Hockey finals, the girls qualified as Leicestershire champions. In the Midlands finals they came 2nd, narrowly missing out on a place in
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the National finals (last 8 in the country) – a great performance by the team and coaches. U10 Rugby team won the Derby Grammar 7‟s tournament U11 Rounders team were Rugby School Plate winners. George Cooper and Amy Wilkinson swam in the National IAPS Finals in London. George winning a silver medal in the 50m freestyle. For the 4th year running, Years 2 & 3 performers take part in the Music for Youth Festival @ the Symphony Hall performing „Way Down West‟ on the 6th July. Good luck!
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Our SATIPS General Knowledge Junior Challenge team finished an impressive joint 2nd out of 101 schools nationally with Bethany Catchpole being placed 3rd and Joe Graham 10th. Ashley
Eurotalk Challenge Finals in London and learned to speak „Zulu‟ during the process. Over
performed in the dance extravaganza in March. And finally, our own Classroom Assistant, Jane Potter, ran for Great Britain in Jordan (Middle East) coming 51st and was the 3rd British woman home.
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Congratulations to all of our Regional & National Finalists.
Prose Reading: This year the competition was organised by Ms Carter – which produced an excellent variety and quality of
Headmaster of Spratton Hall School. He judged: - Anastasia Wilson – Year 3 winner
- Lily Buchanan, Year 4 winner - Henry Marshall – Year 5 winner
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- Paris Alexander – Year 6 winner – and winner of the Diane Sharpe Trophy
Tonight Paris will read her winning piece, an extract from “Private Peaceful” by Michael Murpurgo.
Music & Drama: As ever, stunning Harvest and Christmas productions dominated the Autumn term. Everyone enjoyed the amazing “Joseph” performed by Year 3 in March. A tough and demanding production carried off outstandingly well. We all eagerly await the Year 6 production who perform „High School Musical‟ on 7th July.
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Staff Leaving: Always sad, but never sadder when we say goodbye to some senior colleagues: Mr Pole has been Deputy Head at Fairfield since 1979 and he has been loyal to the school over many years. He has taken
over as Acting Head of the School on 2 occasions. It is with great sadness that we will say goodbye to Mr Pole, but we wish him a long and happy retirement with his wife, Mary, who retired from Long Whatton Primary School last Year. He will be remembered for his fairness, strictness, 4th year teacher (Year 6 in new money) as a Maths, English & D.T. teacher, his good humour and wisdom....... (as well as chairing the Health & Safety meetings)!
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Mrs Davies joined the school in 1987. She has been a Year 6 teacher, parent, Year 5 teacher, as well as Head of Year 5. Her husband, Ced, who teaches at the Grammar School and has served there for 39 years, will also be retiring this year. They are looking to spend more time with their family and taking the opportunity to travel. Known for her love of history and general knowledge, she could not have finished on a higher note after the success of our SATIPS Junior Challenge team this year. Having returned from maternity leave a year ago, Ms Carter is leaving Fairfield at the end of term. Her husband has been appointed as Director of Studies at
Wycombe Abbey School and she has
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secured a position as Year 5 teacher at the Royal Masonic School for Girls Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire. Mr Mitchell, Director of LES Music School, has been appointed as the new Headmaster of Holmwood House Prep School in Essex, and takes up his new post in September 2009. He will be moving to Essex with his wife, Helen, and young family and looks forward to starting a new career as Headmaster. in
Mitesh Gondalika, our ICT Technician, returns to De Montfort University to complete his BSc course in I.T.
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And, finally Mrs Usher & Ms Gilchrist who left the Music School at Easter.
Goodbye, Good Luck and thank you!!
New Staff: Mrs Saperia – Year 2 Teacher Grosvenor School Miss Greenhalgh – Year 5 Teacher & Key Stage 2 English Co-ordinator Riverside Primary School Mr –
Buckminster Primary School Miss –
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International School, Venice
Mr Basra / Baljit – ICT – De Montfort University. Mr Osiatynski, Director of Music Oakham School
Thank you: Chairman of Governors & Governors Mary –
Governors‟ Liaison Committee Paul Fisher/Biddie O‟Connor – our 2 Senior School Heads for their support. Bursary: Kieron Shaw, Richard Harker, Tom Allardice & team
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Teaching. Staff who make the school such a special place to learn and work. Office: - Sue Dexter - Lesley Jones - Helen Hewlett - Julie McGeehan for their efficiency and good humour (and their flexibility responding to often non-existent deadlines) Catering: Margaret Wood / Fiona Coltman and their wonderful staff Caretakers: Barrie Wakeling / Allan Osborn
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Future: Despite the „credit crunch‟ – Full school in September (492) 40th Anniversary celebrations – school officially opened as a Co-ed Prep School on 9th October 1969 a year of
celebrations and parties await our return in September Breakfast Club starting in September Also
Learning Environment) New challenges and opportunities – for pupils, staff, parents and governors. 8 weeks holidays!!
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Finally: Goodbye to a wonderful Year 6 – We wish them a fond farewell on 8th July 2009. Good luck; keep in touch.
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