The ceremony focussed on the beating heart of the school – the pupils – four of whom spoke to outline the year’s sporting, creative and community achievements.
Headmaster John Green gave his Annual Address in which he summarised the ‘tremendously successful’ year and underlined Seaford’s strengths, in particular the school’s ability to encourage its pupils to be the best they possibly can be.
Chairman of Governors Richard Venables Kyrke introduced the day’s guest speaker, the record-breaking British climber Jake Meyer. Jake was the youngest man to climb the seven highest peaks on each continent; he has also served in Afghanistan as a Battlegroup Influence and Consequence Management Officer, as well as acting as an Ambassador for the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award.
Jake Meyer was a hugely personable and enthusiastic speaker, who resonated with the school’s ethos. He spoke of his epiphany whilst climbing Everest: it’s not about the mountain in front of you; it’s about concentrating on the next ten yards.
After Jake’s inspiring speech, pupils from across the school were recognised for their academic, sporting, musical, artistic and community achievements in the Prize Giving ceremony. Deputy Head James Passam introduced two new prizes this year, a Creative Writing Prize for the Middle School, and the Geography Cup. A range of special prizes were awarded to recognise students’ contributions across all aspects of school life.
The choir ended the ceremony with a beautiful performance and then the entire congregation joined together in a rousing rendition of Jerusalem, a particular favourite of the Headmaster’s.
John Green commented: “Speech Day rounds off a tremendous year of achievement at Seaford College, in which personal bests have been achieved in all aspects of school life, from music to CCF, from drama to community work, from sport to Young Enterprise. Thank you to all those who made the day so successful, with particular thanks to Jake Meyer who gave a truly inspirational speech, and all those who came to show their support.”