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Inspiring words at Speech Day 2022

Mon, May 30th, 2022
Worth School

A passionate speech from the Head Master about how Worth has emerged from the pandemic stronger than before was just one of the highlights of Speech Day 2022.

This annual celebration was taking place for the first time since 2019, with its normal mixture of formality in the morning and informal fun in the afternoon when families enjoyed picnics on the lawn.

An overwhelming feeling of the joy of being back together embraced the day as a whole and featured prominently in Head Master Mr Stuart McPherson’s speech. With reference to the global pandemic which forced schools across the world to close, Mr McPherson said: “Everywhere I have looked this year I have seen evidence that the School has emerged from the COVID pandemonium stronger than it went into it. That evidence has been in what the boys and girls have done and in the way they have done it from the day we were allowed to re-open the School.

“When did Worth’s musicians play the best I have ever heard them play in their various ensembles? This year, two evenings ago in fact at the wonderful Summer Concert. When do I think was the best debating, the best play in my time at Worth? This year, this term in fact. When did I see pupils totally lost in pursuit of academic point, fully engaged in their class, finding thrill in the intellectual chase? This year, again and again, in Art, in Sport, in Music, in Drama, in History, in Maths, in English and in community life, worship in this Abbey Church, the number of times that hands went up saying ‘Count me in’. I have seen step changes everywhere, borne I think from that virtuous educational circle that sees teachers inspiring pupils inspiring teachers.

“The new Spencer Building, a beautiful architectural achievement is also a symbol of our ambition because it has created modern, collaborative, high ceilings, intellectual provisions for the pupils of this School, with sweeping views to the distant in every direction. Nothing is impossible.”

There were also speeches from the Head Girl and Head Boy, Abbot Mark and the new Chair of Governors, Mr Jerry Fletcher. The morning itinerary included midday Mass, while the afternoon programme offered the choice of musical performances, an art exhibition and the planting of a tree to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, before festivities were rounded off with cream teas in a marquee in the Front Quad, with the day blessed with glorious sunshine.

Here is a selection of pictures from professional photographer Simon Dack. More to follow about certain parts of the day in the coming days.

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