On the last day of term, Friday 10 July, Ditcham Park School pupils, parents and staff watched and celebrated the achievements of the year, at home, by way of a Virtual Founder’s Day and Prize Giving recorded event.
The Chair of Governors at Ditcham Park School, Chris Pickett said: “Founder’s Day traditionally marks the end of term and despite the unprecedented circumstances we’ve experienced these past few months we were determined to celebrate our pupils’ achievements. The event was created in house and produced by Darren Reeves.”
Headmaster, Graham Spawforth, explains: “To say it has been an eventful year is an understatement! Our investment in digital learning with Chromebooks for all pupils in senior school has undoubtedly benefited our pupils. I am incredibly proud of the way our pupils and teachers embraced the challenges and opportunities of working from home and the fact that 354 Merits were awarded to junior pupils and 201 Headmaster’s Awards to seniors is testament to how hard our pupils worked during the summer term.
“I am enormously proud of our Key Worker pupils whose parents have been working across many industries, including healthcare, to keep us all safe and in good health as well as the pupils of our own staff who have experienced significant upheaval too. They have all made Ditcham proud.
“The recorded Founder’s Day event, I believe was Ditcham Park at its creative best. We followed the usual format with speeches – and I’m sure the fact they were shorter this year was welcomed! Our prize winners were announced to the school community and will receive their trophies on our return in September. Form prize winners will receive their award in the post.
“We were treated to music and art interludes from both Junior and Senior pupils which were a feast for the eyes and ears, farewell speeches from our outgoing Head Girl and Head Boy and retiring teachers, a preview of our Ditcham Chronicles lockdown creative arts project and performances by our Junior and Senior Isolation Choirs. Toby Field performed a Shakespearean monologue and Mrs Paddy Holmes, the Founding Headteacher, recorded a short message expressing congratulations for the achievements during lockdown and for the excellent Independent Schools Inspectorate Report following the inspection in February.
“There is no doubt that the Coronavirus crisis has had the biggest impact on our Form 5 students who have been denied the opportunity of being tested by the GCSE exams and have missed out on the leavers rites of passage, such as Leavers’ Assembly and Leavers’ Prom. We were pleased to include footage in the event video of a Mash up and images of when we broke up for Easter which became their last day at school.
“We look forward to welcoming all pupils back to school on Thursday 3 September.”
You can watch the video below: