A passion for community spirit and learning are focus of Speech Day

Ipswich School's Headmaster, Nicholas Weaver, shared his passion for the power of education at the annual Ipswich School Speech Day at the end of term.

Mr Weaver spoke to the audience of pupils, parents and invited guests about the core values of an Ipswich School education – care, passion, potential and communication – and talked about the importance of pupils understanding the responsibilities that they have to serve others in the community. He outlined some of the many charitable works that pupils had undertaken and explained that this would be a continuing focus for development in the coming year. He spoke of other successes, both inside and outside the classroom, praising the U18 girls’ hockey team who had overcome a previous loss to win the national indoor title against the same opponents, and all those who had contributed to the very successful ISI Inspection, where the school gained the top achievement of excellent in all areas.

Karl Daniels, Chairman of Governors outlined the strategic developments of the school over the last year, including the opening of the Ipswich School Sports Centre at Rushmere, recognised as the best of its kind in the country, and looked forward to the improvements planned for the school over the next year, including the opening of the new Music School. He paid tribute to the hard work and dedication of staff, saying: “The passion of the teachers enables students to reach heights they never thought possible.”

Roger Wright, Chief Executive of Aldeburgh Music, was the guest speaker at the Speech Day event. He spoke about the power of music to engage people in a busy world and how Aldeburgh Music worked in the community, saying music is “the background to our lives and you can teach anything through music – it brings us all together.”  He reminded pupils: “Be curious, be open, be generous.  Never lose that sense of discovery,” adding: “You’ve been blessed with a great start in life and a whole host of opportunities unimaginable to previous generations.”

This year the Ipswich School Speech Day was held on the School Field at Henley Road and saw over 90 pupils receive prizes recognising their overall effort and achievement in subjects across the curriculum, both in and out of lessons.  These prizes, many of which are historic bequests from former pupils, were presented to pupils by the Mayor of Ipswich, Councillor Glen Chisholm.

Mr Weaver said: “It is lovely to celebrate the success of our pupils in many areas of school life each year - Speech Day recognises the hard work and achievements of pupils, and allows us to thank staff and parents for the support they show.” 

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