Bury Grammar School celebrated the achievements of our Sixth Form boys and girls during the academic year 2017/2018 in our wonderful Prize Giving ceremony last night.
The excitement and warmth of the atmosphere inside School made up for the terrible weather outside, as last year’s leavers met up again to collect their awards, celebrate their successes, and reflect on fabulous memories from their time at BGS.
Our current cohort of talented Year 13 students were also present to receive recognition for an exceptional first year in our Sixth Form, where they have demonstrated great promise and ambition. The incredible A Level results of the class of 2018 will be hard to follow, but we are confident that our Year 13s will rise to the challenge.
Our sixth formers (past and present) were joined by staff, governors and parents as well as by the Mayor of Bury and our guest speaker Dr Peter Greenhalgh.
We started the evening with drinks and refreshments before the girls and boys crossed the stage to receive their well-deserved prizes. Many of them are heading off to universities this week, with destinations ranging from Durham to Texas. Bury Grammar School gave them a wonderful send-off, with speeches which reminded them of the highlights of last year’s social and sporting events as well as paying tribute to their considerable academic achievements.
Our leavers and current pupils alike, together with all our guests, were thoroughly entertained and given much food for thought by guest speaker Dr Greenhalgh. An Old Boy of Bury Grammar School Boys, Dr Greenhalgh graduated from King’s College Cambridge with a first in Classics. His career has spanned university teaching and research, investment banking, industry commerce, management consultancy, authorship and journalism in the UK and internationally. Despite such an illustrious career, Dr Greenhalgh showed great humility and humour when addressing his audience, and an ability to relate to young and old alike.
Musical and vocal performances by our students added to the evening’s entertainment, and gave a fitting demonstration of some of the talent which we were there to celebrate. Talent and success were the focus of our Prize Giving ceremony, but perhaps what made the evening really special was the sense of comradeship and shared enjoyment which were at the heart of the event.
Prive Giving at Bury Grammar School was a true family affair, and as a School we were justly proud of our students and grateful to our guests for entering into the spirit of the event. We look forward to our next School event.
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