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We were delighted to welcome former Head Girl, Claire Jarvis, Director of Communications at Siemens, back to Walthamstow Hall as guest of honour at Prize-Giving on Saturday.

Claire drew on her own career path, including working within the Advertising Association and as a parliamentary advisor for the NFU, to give students pointers on how best to fulfil their potential in their future careers. Claire advised the girls to seize the incredible start they have been given; to not be afraid to ask for help and to throw themselves in at the deep end; to trust their judgement; to learn from (but not over analyse) mistakes and to bounce back quickly from setbacks. Addressing parents, including her own father, who was in the audience, Claire cited a good education as one of the best gifts a parent can give and inspired students to go out into the world with confidence and ambition, to achieve highly in their chosen field and to continue to make their parents proud.  

Head of Leigh Primary School, Daniel Eaton, also offered wise words of advice to students in Years 7 - 9, when he presented the awards at Lower School Prize-Giving on Tuesday evening. Mr Eaton praised the qualities of commitment, endeavour and citizenship recognised by the prizes. He closed his speech by hoping that the students' achievements would make them feel like Lenny Henry did when it was recently announced that he was to receive a Knighthood,  "It was a lovely feeling, it was like being filled with lemonade for 10 or 15 minutes."

Many congratulations to all of our students on what has been another remarkable year at Walthamstow Hall.