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Vote of Thanks

Vote of Thanks Welcome ladies, gentlemen, staff, pupils and ex students. I will keep this a short vote of thanks, so don’t worry! To start I would like to thank Mr Robin Gregory, who has come here this evening to present the awards. As the Chair of governors, he has an important role in our school.

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It may not be as well known as being the Head Mistress, for example, but he and the governors who give freely of their time are vital to the successful running of our school. I would like to thank Father Michael both for the spiritual guidance he gives our community and for presenting the school awards.

I would like to acknowledge the dedication of all the teaching staff, who function like a well oiled machine, helping and supporting us to all achieve to the very best of our abilities. I’m sure at times we would test the patience of a saint! You go out of your way to help us. All your hard work and effort is reflected in the outstanding GCSE results. We must not forget the support staff who without all your hard work, the school would just not operate. I speak on behalf of all the year 11s past and present. Those 3 rd helpings of pudding really do help us to get through the long afternoons!

To all the Sisters who provide the spiritual support and a listening ear that we need during the course of our school lives, especially during our examinations. Thank you. Sister Francis, you are the leader of the School and of this fantastic team of staff, sisters, governors and students. Your drive, dedication and determination, is an inspiration to us all. You have provided the school with new playground facilities which are enjoyed by all, and greatly appreciated. Together we express deep gratitude to you and for all that you have done for this school and its pupils.

I must also acknowledge the tremendous support that the school receives from all of the parents. You are generous enough to allow your children to come to this school, especially in these times of austerity. You organise yourselves around netball matches, swimming galas, summer fetes and Christmas bazaars, just to name a few! Thank you. Last but no means least, I say, a warm thank you to the students who apply themselves in all their lessons, school events and extracurricular activities. This has been shown in the awards that we have presented this evening.

For me this school is like a very large extended family, which cares for us and when we need someone, there will always be somebody there for us whether if it is a member of staff, fellow class mate, or even someone from another class, who we have never really spoken to before. This school is our stepping stone to greater things; college, sixth form, university, or obtaining a job, travelling the world, becoming an actress, musician, professor, teacher, doctor, nurse, dentist, chef or artist. This is what gives us the courage to reach for what we dream. So I thank you all personally, because you are what motivate us to embrace our futures.