Speech Day – But not quite as we know it
Speech Day this year, like so many events, adopted a very different look with our Guest Speaker delivering an address via video from his own school, and our Head Boy from home. The celebrations, however, retained all of the traditional elements that boys, staff and parents look forward to with much anticipation each year.
Rather than the Davenies community filling the Sports Hall to celebrate all that has happened in the last year at school, boys watched Mr Rycroft deliver his Headmaster’s speech from their designated bubble areas. They were enthralled by guest speaker Mr James Dahl, Master of Wellington College, who spoke about hard work and perseverance, and inspired by Head Boy, Crosby, who reflected on his and his peers’ time at Davenies. Parents too, were able to join in the celebrations by watching from home.
The Davenies community was taken back to lockdown with a celebration of remote learning, and prizes, as usual, were awarded to boys across the age ranges. Congratulations to all 124 recipients, including Shackleton House who won the House Cup! Musical delights included Chris in Year 8 performing ‘Fanfare for the Common Man’, by Copland, and ‘Lean on Me’ sung by The Davenies Singers. Viewers were also treated to two original compositions by Alex, also in Year 8: ‘Open Doors’ – inspired by his time at Davenies – and ‘Flying Free’.
As a final farewell, Year 8 were able to look back on their time at the School with memories from Reception right through to current day, and were delighted when Miss Bell, Mr Davidson and Mme Chamberlain appeared on screen to deliver a very sincere, but hilarious, goodbye to their tutor groups. Year 8 themselves also delivered a heartwarming goodbye and the position of Head Boy was passed over to Head Boy Elect, Sam Dhir.
Speech Day is an extremely important event in the School’s calendar; it is an opportunity to remember all that has happened during the academic year and celebrate the achievements of the boys and wider Davenies community and so the School was pleased to be able to continue this tradition, albeit, in a very unique way.