Runnymede College celebrated its 2021 Prize Giving and Speech Day on Saturday. It was a touching and entertaining morning in the new Julia Powell Auditorium, beginning with lovely live performances by two of the Music prize winners, followed by the Headmaster’s speech.
Mr Powell spoke about the importance of the humanities to the Runnymede curriculum, and how freedom of speech and tolerance are essential to our ethos. This year’s special invited guest, Mr Rafael del Pino, one of Spain’s most successful businessmen, then delivered an engaging speech which revealed his amusing knowledge of the school, and his encouragement of the study of maths and sciences.
The academic awards were then handed out to the deserving prize winners, before Mr Crumpton spoke as Deputy Head for Co-curricular, focusing on the significance of sport and non-academic activities to the life and atmosphere of the school. He also spoke of the legacy of Runnymede’s co-Founder, Mrs Julia Powell, for whom the venue is named.
The sporting and co-curricular prizes were given out, and the event ended with a further performance by one of our talented musicians. It was wonderful to celebrate the achievements of 170 students in the fantastic new addition to the school’s campus, and we were able to live stream the ceremony to hundreds of pupils and parents watching at home.
Congratulations to all those who won a prize, and to the staff who organised such a successful event.