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Cause to celebrate

12 July 2021

Westminster City School had much to celebrate on Friday, as our Celebration of Achievement Evening marked the success and hard work of our young people in the last year.

Our annual Celebration of Achievement Evening normally takes place in College Garden, Westminster Abbey with all prize-winners and their parents/carers in attendance. However, with pandemic restrictions continuing, this year’s event was held in our School’s Main Hall. Our two smaller and separate events were attended by prize-winners and relevant staff only although both ceremonies were live-streamed, meaning parents/carers could follow from home.

Our first socially distant ceremony, for Key Stage 3 prize-winners, saw house prizes given to Years 7 and 8, subjects prizes to Year 9 and The Marcia Owen Memorial Prize for KS3 to Nico in Year 8. Music was provided by our Westminster City School String Orchestra who performed Beethoven’s Joyful Joyful, our Westminster City School Wind Band who performed Oscar Peterson’s Night Train and our Westminster City School Choir who sang I’m Trading My Sorrows (Yes Lord) by Israel Houghton.

Our prize-winners then enjoyed a barbecue on our School playground, with steel pan drum music to entertain them from our School’s talented Music Department. In the meantime, our Main Hall was cleaned and prepared for our second ceremony of the day.

Our Key Stage 4 and 5 ceremony saw subject prizes for Years 10, 12 and 13, plus a number of other awards for young people in Years 10, 11, 12 and 13. This included our School Colours which were awarded to our former Head Boy and Head Girl, Eliakim and Rezarta, who are now in Year 13. 

Music for this second socially distant ceremony was provided by our Westminster City School Orchestra with Ladies in Lavender by Nigel Hess, our Westminster City School Choir’s rendition of Our God Reigns by Israel Houghton and a powerful version of Whitney Houston’s I Have Nothing by our Westminster City School Year 12 Band. There were also presentations for a number of our School’s newly qualified teachers, before our prize-winners headed to our School playground for their barbecue.

Both our Headteacher, Mr Broughton, and our Chair of Governors, Mr William Wells, praised our School community for their outstanding achievements in the last academic year, despite the challenges caused by the global pandemic. 

Congratulations to all prize-winners honoured at our Celebration of Achievement Evening 2021.

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