by E. Roberts | June 6, 2018 | ucs.org.uk
On 24th May, staff, pupils and parents gathered to congratulate prize winners and bid farewell to the outgoing Sixth Form at this year’s Speech and Prize Giving Ceremony.
Helen McCrory OBE was this year’s guest of honour and after giving out prizes to pupils who have excelled throughout the academic year, and to pupils who are joining UCS having received scholarship prizes following impressive performances in the school’s entrance assessments, Helen delivered a truly memorable speech to a packed Great Hall. The 800 strong audience hung on every word as she encouraged everyone to “break the fear barriers in your life, vote, be passionate, and respect and empathise with others”.
Helen is the patron of the Sir Hubert von Herkomer Arts Foundation, which provides arts education to children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Speaking about the Foundation, which has worked in conjunction with UCS and their partnership schools to put on photography courses, Helen said, “We want to inspire children. We want to tap into their latent talent and nourish their individuality.” Earlier in the evening, Clive Bannister, a former UCS pupil, awarded the first ever Roger Bannister Prize for Outstanding Contribution to School Sport to Sadie Barr and Jake Blaisdell.
The prize was in honour of his late father, Sir Roger Bannister, who attended UCS between 1944 and 1946. The event closed with a passionate rendition of the school song, but the words of Helen McCrory will be ringing in the ears of those fortunate enough to be present for years to come.