Tuesday 18 December saw another key event in the school’s calendar, with our annual prize-giving ceremony, ‘Speech Night’, in which current and former students, their families, Mayor Beckett and the Mayoress, and many former Glyn School colleagues came together to celebrate outstanding student contributions.
To open the evening, we were entranced by Leonard 11T’s piano recital of ’Nuvole Bianche’; my sincere thanks to Leonard for a wonderful performance. It was a privilege to welcome back many of those students who left us in the summer, from university, apprenticeships and employment, and over 100 prizes were awarded to students from all year groups.
I was delighted to welcome as our Guest Speaker, former Royal Marine, Ben McBean. Ben is a double amputee, having stepped on a Taliban landmine whilst serving in Afghanistan with the Royal Marines in 2008. His incredible recovery, both mentally and physically, saw him running the London Marathon twice within two years of losing his limbs. Ben’s inspirational address served as a testament to the importance of focusing on what can be achieved in the face of adversity, through commitment, resilience and positivity.