Yesterday, ArtsEd Day School and Sixth Form celebrated the end of another academic year at our annual Prize Giving. The ceremony opened with Head Teacher, Adrian Blake, recounting highlights of 2017/18 shows and events and underlining the increasing importance of the arts during a time when its place in the curriculum is continuously under threat. The Prize Giving ceremony and performances were a joyous celebration of the arts in a time of unrest; with dynamic dancing, awe-inspiring acting and belting ballads.
The central message of the day was beautifully summed up in a Mayo Angelou quote from Principal, Chris Hocking:
“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
This sentiment was echoed in speeches from: Jamie McLelland (Year 7), Millie Mahoney (Year 11) and Joshua Orpin (Year 13), who all agreed that ArtsEd is a unique and joyous place to study and train; Joshua is delighted to be staying on at ArtsEd for a further three years to study for a BA(Hons) in Musical Theatre.
The talent and commitment of all of our students was proved further in the awarding of an array of prizes in numerous performance and academic categories.
Congratulations to all who won awards at Prize Giving 2018!