FOUNDERS' DAY 2015
The guest speaker at this year’s Founders’ Day was Sir Eric Thomas, Vice-Chancellor of Bristol University. Amongst the guests at the service were the Chairman of Surrey County Council, David Munro and the Mayor of Reigate and Banstead, Councillor David Pay. There were also Old Scholars who had won a Connaught Medal in the past.
During the service, which included prize giving, there were some impressive musical performances. The Senior Girls Ensemble performed ‘His eye is on the sparrow’ by Gabriel and Martin. Other musical interludes were a Vocal Ensemble singing ‘May it be’ by Brhaonain, Ryan and Ryan, and Vaughan Williams’ ‘Silent Moon’ which was beautifully performed by Christina Cooper.
The Headmaster gave a speech encouraging pupils to take positive choices and this was followed by a very moving speech by Sir Eric Thomas. Sir Eric included references in his speech to one of the School’s past pupils, Chloe Rutherfoord who is studying Medicine at Bristol University.
The current Head Boy and Head Girl announced the Sixth Formers who had been chosen as Head Boy and Head Girl for next year.
Sir Eric Thomas handed out prizes to the pupils but one of the prizes was given to the winner by Mr Mike Harvey. Mr Harvey won the Connaught Medal in 1951 and recently donated his medal to the School. The original mould for the medal had been lost, so in recent years, the winner of this prestigious award has only received an ordinary School Medal. New medals have now been produced in the style of the one awarded to Mr Harvey so this year’s winner, Sabrina Cheung, received a real or original design medal.
The School’s Cadets formed an honour guard as guests left the service.