The Spring Term got off to a wonderful start with our first Prize Giving Ceremony for two years. Having been unable to celebrate the end of their time at Wilson's in the traditional ways, it was particularly special to welcome back members of the class of 2021 who left us for university at the end of last year. Together with our current prize winners, their families and our school governors and guests we were able to celebrate the many and varied successes of our students in 2020-21.
Our guest speaker for the evening was Baroness Hoey of Lylehill and Rathlin, who had very kindly made her way from the House of Lords to Wallington for the evening's celebrations. She was delighted to see prizes awarded across such a wide range of areas and greeted each Prize winner warmly as they took to the stage. The evening began with form prizes for students who have demonstrated kindness and helped to bring the form closer together, working in various ways to improve the experience that their fellow students have at school. This was followed by subject prizes (for students who consistently demonstrate hard work and dedication to the subject, fully exploiting their natural talent and enthusiasm) and prizes for successful participation in e.g. the Duke of Edinburgh Award, drama, and debating, as well as for service to the school and resilience.
Many of the prizes have been endowed by old boys and former parents, and we were particularly delighted to be able to award this year for the first time the Kamaljit Gill Trophy for Charitable Service, in memory of our late and much missed colleague. Her family were able to join us for the evening to see the Trophy awarded. Anton and Theo in the Sixth Form treated us to accomplished musical performances and Aran, Monmoy, Syed, Adam and Atharva inspired us with reports of their endeavours with Outreach, Chess, the Charities Committee and the Templeton Scholarship project. It was a true celebration and set the tone for an exciting term ahead.