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Speech Day 2024: A Celebration of Excellence and Community

On 29 June, Haileybury’s campus came alive with the vibrant energy of our annual Speech Day. This momentous occasion brought together pupils, parents, Governors, esteemed guests, and staff to commemorate the remarkable achievements of our talented pupils throughout the academic year.

The day began with a series of inspiring speeches that set the tone for the celebrations. The Master, Chairman, and Guest of Honour, Professor Sir Stephen Jackson, each shared unique perspectives and reflections, igniting a sense of pride and inspiration in the audience. The air was filled with melodious tunes as the Chamber Choir delivered a moving rendition of “The Road Home” by Stephen Paulus, whilst the Bradby String Quartet captivated all with their performance of Edward Elgar’s “Chanson de Matin.”

A poignant moment was dedicated to expressing heartfelt gratitude to the Master for his exceptional contribution to the School. The community united in extending warm wishes to Martin and his wife, Alli, for a joyous retirement.

The prize-giving ceremony was the highlight of the day, recognising the outstanding accomplishments of our pupils across various disciplines. Special attention was given to our Leavers, many of whom are now poised to embark on their next academic journey at prestigious universities worldwide.

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Following the formal proceedings, guests were treated to lunch hosted by their child’s Housemaster or Housemistress, fostering a warm and engaging atmosphere. The day’s festivities continued with an impressive Art Exhibition, showcasing the creative talents of our pupils throughout the year. History enthusiasts were drawn to the ‘Kipling in Clock House’ Archives Exhibition, offering a fascinating glimpse into Haileybury’s heritage.

The afternoon unfolded with a relaxed ambiance as attendees enjoyed tea and cake whilst cheering on the Girls’ and Boys’ 1st XI cricket matches. This perfect blend of academic celebration and sporting spirit truly encapsulated the essence of our community.

As the sun began to set on this memorable day, the festivities continued with the highly anticipated Leavers Ball. This elegant affair provided a fitting finale to our Upper Sixth’s time at Haileybury. Our Leavers, dressed in their finest attire, gathered for a formal dinner and dance. 

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Speech Day 2024 was more than just an event; it was a testament to the exceptional abilities of our pupils, the dedication of our staff, and the strong bonds that define our school community. As we bid farewell to another successful academic year, we look forward to the bright futures that await our talented pupils.