Prize-Giving 2013

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We were delighted to welcome Walthamstow Hall old girl and Ambassador for Plan International, Debbie Langdon-Davies back to school to give out prizes at Saturday's Senior Prize-Giving ceremony. Chair of Governors Mr Ian Philip used his address to update parents on The Ship Appeal and the now imminent development of the new Sports Hall. Mrs Milner's speech outlined the incredible achievements of the students in their studies, in the theatre and in the sporting arena in anniversary year, culminating in our U15 National Lacrosse champions being asked to stand up for an ovation, something which they weren't expecting.

Rosie Barker gave a poised and heart felt round-up of her year as Head Girl, touching on some of the more informal moments and occasions, such as the Sixth Form Pantomime and Carol Singing, which define life at WH. Guest of Honour Debbie Landgon-Davies also touched on personal experiences of life as a student at Walthamstow Hall, recalling how three teachers; Miss Third, Miss Tanner and Mrs Howe, had inspired and shaped her life. Debbie also spoke inspirationally about Plan International's 'Because I am a Girl' campaign, which aims to give millions of girls around the world the benefits of education which early forced marriages and poverty currently deny them. Students across both the Junior and Senior Schools have been raising money for 'Because I am a Girl' throughout anniversary year.

We were also delighted to be joined by Hilary French, President of the Girls' School Association and the Rosen family. Mr and Mrs Rosen, and their niece Caroline, travelled over from America for the ceremony to see Upper Fifth Morgan Weiland receive the first Diana Burn Rosen Award for students who excel in Chemistry and/ or Modern Foreign languages. The Rosen family very generously created this new award in memory of their mother Diana Burn Rosen, an extraordinary WH old girl who as well as being a high profile chemist, was fluent in 7 languages and taught generations of young children in her local area in America how to swim.

We now very much look forward to Lower School Prize-Giving this coming Tuesday evening and Junior School Prize-Giving on Wednesday afternoon.