It was with enormous pride that our Prep and Senior School community joined together to congratulate students for their achievements this year — and say goodbye to our Year 13s who are preparing to leave school life.
Among the many awards at the Prep School Prize Giving was the Kaiya Kindness Award, a new award created in memory of Kaiya who passed away in 2019. Kaiya’s award was created by the school in memory of the selflessness, warmth and consideration that Kaiya showed to her classmates and teachers during her time at St Helen’s – this year, awarded to Aaliyah. We were also honoured to be joined by Kaiya’s family.
Guests enjoyed performances by the Prep School Orchestra, the Year 5 and 6 Choir, and the Year 3 and 4 Choir. Ms Norris was joined in her Head of Prep’s Speech by Anya, Maia and Shania who gave their reflections.
At our Senior School Prize Day, we were joined by our Guest of Honour Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE, who gave a rousing speech about the meaning of success in school life and beyond. Dr Imafidon helped say goodbye to our Year 13s by presenting them with their awards.
We were also joined by our Chairman of Governors, Mrs Alison Phillipson, who we are saying goodbye to this year. It was fantastic to have the opportunity to thank Mrs Phillipson for her service to the school and our community.
We also heard from Asha, Head Girl 2021-22, and Libby, incoming Head Girl for 2022-23, who both spoke about their time at St Helen’s and the support they have received during their time here.
Entertainment was provided by St Helen’s Big Band, the Intermediate Flute Choir, the Piano Trio, and St Helen’s Soul Band, as well as Dani and Nicole who performed a fantastic version of My Own Best Friend from Chicago.