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Founder’s Day

Former pupil Tahmid Choudhury returned as guest speaker

As is tradition, Founder’s Day took place on the last Friday in November in order to celebrate the School’s founder, William Rogers, and to commend our students’ successes in the last academic year.

Prizes were awarded to the individuals in Year 13 and 11 who made the highest achievement and the most progress. The pupils who have the highest achievement and most progress across each Year group also received scholarship awards, as did the highest achiever in vocational subjects and STEM subjects. Special prizes were also given to those pupils who excelled in extra-curricular activities such as debating, music, sport, acting and art.

Music pieces were played through the ceremony, with the Concert Band closing the event

The day began with an address from Headteacher, Mr Brownhill, followed by a speech by the Chair of Governors, Mr Gurney, and remarks from School Captain, Sally in Year 13. In between the speeches, the String Quartet played March of the Priest from Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Music also closed the ceremony with the Concert Band performing Coldplay’s Viva La Vida.

In line with the School’s tradition, we have invited one of our alumni to be a guest speaker at the ceremony. This year’s guest speaker was Tahmid Choudhury. Tahmid left the School six years ago, when he was awarded a prize at Founder’s Day for services to the community.  When a student at Central Foundation, Tahmid was involved in a range of activities including the School Council, debating and drama. He now works with a specialist public affairs agency that helps governments and NGOs tackle complex international problems such as drug trafficking and terrorism.

Over 80 students were awarded prizes and scholarships for a range of subjects and extra curricular activities

After awarding prizes, Mr Choudhury delivered his speech in which he recounted his journey from leaving Central Foundation to where he is today. His speech sought to inspire the students who have just left for university and work, as well as those in younger years, to not limit their aspirations, to take advantage of the support the School offers in a diverse range of interests and to be the best that they can be.