Prizegiving 2015 commenced with Chairman of Governors and Feoffees, Malcolm Wilcox, describing the changes seen at OSH during the year and reminding guests and participants that this important celebration is all about the pupils and their achievements.
Guests then enjoying hearing world record holder and gold medal Paralympian John Harris deliver an inspiring and very personal talk about overcoming adversity and seizing the moment. John, who competed in five Paralympic games, set the world record for the discus in 1984 and won a full set of medals in 1988. He talked about the ups and downs of his story which was not without humour, and how his life, lived to the full, is most certainly one of no regrets.
Headmaster Paul Kilbride continued this theme by emphasising that the values, qualities and achievements celebrated at Prizegiving do not lend themselves easily to measurement and that is precisely what makes Prizegiving such an important event, reminding us as it does for the place of compassion, resilience, teamwork, healthy competition and also enjoyment.
Outgoing Head of School Nic Holmes led the tributes to the School community as an impressive range of achievements was marked and celebrated. Nic presented his medal to new Head of School, Sam McCafferty, whilst OFA President Maurice Evans presented medals to the new Deputy Heads of School Laurence Bush and Laura Trigg.
Guests, parents and members of the School community all managed to catch up with John Harris in the Foleyan Centre afterwards, with many posing for photographs and selfies with John.
Many thanks go to the maintenance and catering teams for managing the logistics of such an eventful day.