September 19, 2018
Pupils, parents, teachers, governors and friends gathered in the Abbey on Monday evening to celebrate the successes of St Albans School over the last year, which included the second best ever exam results at both GCSE and A Level. However, as Headmaster Jonathan Gillespie pointed out in his address, the successes were much more varied than only examination results, with pupils excelling in a wide variety of opportunities both academic and extra-curricular.
His theme for the evening was courage, picking up on the centenary of the end of the First World War, and a number of pupils contributed their view to the evening. These included an account of a visit to the battlefields in Belgium and to the memorial service for Stephen Hawking held in Westminster Abbey, while other pupils spoke of what courage means to them in a school context. The range of achievement was also demonstrated by a fine music interlude, with two Sixth Formers delighting the audience with a performance of a Telemann Sonata for violin and flute.
Guest of Honour was Bim Afolami MP, who used the examples of Roger Bannister and Stephen Hawking to show how great achievement comes from teamwork as well as great determination. He congratulated all the prize winners, but exhorted them too to keep aspiring and stretch themselves further.