Parents, pupils and staff gathered today to celebrate the successes and talents of Oakham's Lower School pupils at their annual Prize Giving.
It was a wonderful day celebrating the journey our youngest pupils have been on, both over the past year, and, for those pupils moving up to the Middle School in September, the journey they have been on during their time at the Lower School.
During his address, the Headmaster, Nigel Lashbrook, outlined how “our prize-winners are but scratching the surface of what so many Oakhamians have achieved this year.” He impressed upon the audience that “we must not simply judge ourselves by where pupils end up, but by how far they have travelled. If September is our starting post, then my goodness, there have been some incredible journeys.”
As well as listening to all of the pupils’ accolades, parents and visitors were also able to see displays of work undertaken throughout the year and photographs that captured all the exciting events, trips and activities the pupils have enjoyed. Alongside the Art & Design and Design & Technology work on display, talented Lower School artists also saw their sculptures exhibited in the Smallbone Library.
It was also a poignant day, given that it was Master of Jerwoods, Mr Val Harvey’s last Prize Giving. The Headmaster, Nigel Lashbrook described how “Val has been an exceptional Master of Jerwoods for 15 wonderful years. Whilst all journeys must, of course, come to end, Val’s journey at Oakham has been truly incredible.”
To both celebrate and mark the end of this journey, the Heads of Houses surprised Mr Harvey by reading out poems they had chosen at the end of the Prize Giving Speeches. It was a wonderful and fitting end to the ceremony, before parents, pupils and staff were able to enjoy picnic lunches and Lower School Sports day. To view the photo gallery of the day click here.