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Commemoration and Prize Giving


Friday 3 July marked the ninth Commemoration and Prizegiving for Malvern St James. The day was gloriously sunny and we were delighted to host so many parents, governors, returning Old Girls and ex-staff members.

Our new School Chaplain, Kim Taplin, presided over a service of wonderful choral music and inspiring readings, including the highly motivating ‘Sense of a Goose’ from Headmistress Mrs Woodhouse.

The retiring collection at the end of the service was dedicated to The Precious Sisters, one of the charities with which MSJ has had a close association over the last two years.  An impressive sum of £570 was raised for this worthwhile cause.

Commemoration Service Booklet - Download

Sense of a Goose - Download

Everyone returned to School for a sumptuous lunch, courtesy of our hard-working Catering Department and then walked across to the Sports Hall, which had been transformed into an elegant venue for our Prizegiving ceremony.  We are extremely grateful to our Guest Speaker, Deborah Thomas, an Old Girl of St James’ and The Abbey.  Deborah left in 1995 and now teaches at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, as well as running her presentation and communication company called ‘Class APT’.  A delightful musical introduction was followed by a welcome from Mrs Anne Borrowdale, Chairman of the School Council.  Headmistress, Mrs Woodhouse, delivered her end of year report before Deborah Thomas gave her uplifting speech.  Finally, Jenny Avdoi, Head Girl gave a moving leaving address.

Anne Borrowdale Prizegiving Speech - Download

MSJ Headmistress Address Prizegiving - Download

Deborah Thomas, Guest Speaker's Speech - Download

Jenny Avdoi, Head Girl, Vote of Thanks - Download

A perfect day was rounded off with a delicious Strawberry Tea in the Quad and there was a mixture of laughter and tears as girls said goodbye to their friends and staff.


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