PRIZES and certificates were awarded to students at Hipperholme Grammar School’s annual speech day.
Both former and current pupils, parents, teachers and guests gathered at Bradford Cathedral to celebrate their achievements and success.
Guest of honour was Rev Canon Sam Corley, who welcomed guests to the cathedral.
“As we celebrate our own talents we also celebrate those who are different from us and have different skills and abilities so that all of us work to achieve as much as we can with our unique differences and unique skills.”
His sentiments were echoed by Year 13 student India Shibil, head of the student council, who spoke of the numerous fund-raising projects undertaken in school in the last year which have raised significant amounts for various charities.
Form and subject prizes were presented for merit and achievement to pupils from Year 7 through to Year 13. The R. B. Jones prize for chemistry was awarded to Year 12 student Lizzie Bell, and the Jack Wilkinson prize for English was received by James Johnson. The Sutcliffe and Riley mathematics prize was awarded to Mark Saville.
In addition, prizes were presented for Duke of Edinburgh awards and the Chairman’s prize was given to last year’s head boy and girl, Benjamin Wood and Sumaiyah Bashir.
This year there was also a special headmaster’s prize, which came as a surprise to Chris Vaughan. Rotary club prizes were presented by Brighouse Rotary Club’s president Jenny Redfearn to three pupils, Sophie Doherty, Laura Dickinson and Kirsty Narey.
The event was an emotional occasion for Dr John Scarth who addressed the audience for the final time, before leaving to take over as principal at The British School in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
He said: “This has been another very good year for the school, with wonderful academic results, a significant increase in the number of sixth form pupils and some outstanding sporting achievements.
“Never stop learning. It is through an enquiring mind that we will find the extraordinary in the apparently ordinary.