On the final Friday of November the school held its annual Founder’s Day – an event to celebrate the school’s founder, Reverend William Rogers, and the achievements of its students. The celebration held an extra significance this year as it is the school’s 150th anniversary.
The ceremony started with a fanfare from the Brass Quartet as the guests – comprised of parents, partners, governors and trustees – entered the room. Mr Brownhill, the Headteacher, then gave his annual address before the String Quartet performed Handel’s Bouree in F. Further music performed later in the ceremony included an instrumental big band version of Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off by the Concert Band. The ceremony closed with the Chamber Choir singing the school hymn, Spe Labore Fide.
This year’s guest speaker was the Meg Hillier MP. Ms Hillier, the MP for Hackney South, had been a guest speaker at Founder’s Day over a decade ago and spoke about the importance of continuing traditions and legacy, tying in both her return visit and the school’s 150th anniversary. Echoing Reverend Griffith’s speech from last year’s Founder’s Day, Ms Hillier spoke about the importance of the school within the community of Islington as it is a constant while much around it changes. She asked the boys leaving to continue to take part in the community of the school, to act both as positive role models to the younger boys and also to help them as they face new challenges in life.
Speeches were also delivered by Mr Gurney, the Chair of the Governors and by Seven Jacobs, the House Captain for Alleyn. Seven remarked upon the optimism of the 2015 UN Climate Change Conference in Paris. He noted that it was ambitious, and encouraged every pupil to be similarly ambitious and not be afraid to fail as long as they try.
Ms Thain and Ms Smith hosted the event. In between speeches, awards were presented to pupils across the school to recognise their hard work and achievement throughout the year. Returning sixth formers and former Year 11s were awarded prizes for both attainment and progress in each subject. The highest overall achiever in attainment and progress were awarded for each Year group. After this, a series of special prizes were awarded for extra-curricular achievement and community involvement before the most senior awards were announced.
The Bendy Scholarship, which is awarded to the top performing A Level students who go on to study engineering at university, was presented to Hermone Berhe, Jake Gill, Ali Hachem, Mohamed Mohamed and Emil Sekerali. The Dr Beck Scholarship for exceptional progress was awarded to Ayomide Aribatise, Serkan Marasli and Aiyah Mahmoud in the lower school, upper school and sixth form, respectively.
The Montcalm Scholarship for achievement in vocational learning was awarded to Harlee Clare. The John Boston Scholarship for exceptional attainment was awarded to Abubakar Finiin in the lower school and Sirdas Aba (who achieved 11 A*s his GCSEs) in the upper school. Finally, the John Boston Scholarship for the top performing A Level student, who achieved an A* and 2 As, was awarded to Abdirizakh Buwe.
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