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Celebration of Achievement Evening at College Garden, Westminster Abbey

11 July 2022

A pleasant aura filled the marquee on the green pasture of College Garden, Westminster Abbey as students at Westminster City School were acknowledged for their achievements during the last year.

On Friday 08 July, Westminster City School held their Celebration of Achievement Evening, acknowledging the excellent achievements of the School and young people over the past year. Staff, parents, students and their families assembled together to celebrate the occasion in the beautiful serene surroundings of College Garden, Westminster Abbey.

Guest of Honour at Westminster City School’s Celebration of Achievement Evening, Acclaimed British composer and conductor, Professor Dr Shirley J.Thompson OBE addressed the prize-winners in attendance, encouraging them to continue striving for excellence in everything that they do in life and they will achieve their very best.

Born in London to parents of Jamaican descent, Thompson’s work encompasses symphonies, ballets, operas, concertos, and other pieces for ensembles, plus music for TV, film, and theatre. She studied Musicology at the University of Liverpool, then specialised in Composition at Goldsmiths' College.

Professor Dr Shirley J.Thompson OBE said:

“It was a privilege and a huge pleasure to be Guest of Honour at Westminster City School's annual Celebration of Achievement Evening. The music performance groups and individuals played a central part in the proceedings and were spirited, vibrant and very well received.

"It was a joy to see the number of students excelling in a diverse range of academic subjects, grounded in the moral values of citizenship and service to society. I trust that the School will continue to grow with these excellent principles at the forefront.”

Mr Peter Broughton, Headteacher, said:

“It was fantastic to be back in the grounds of College Garden to celebrate what is good and great about our School. My congratulations to all the student winners and many thanks to the parents and carers who came to celebrate with us. I would also like to express my thanks to Professor Shirley Thompson who presented the prizes and also shared her experiences of challenges and success.

"Finally, it was really pleasing to be able to award, for the first time, staff service awards. There are many loyal and long-standing colleagues in our School who have given to generations of Westminster City School students, and it was only right to recognise their contributions to our extraordinary community.”

The occasion was enjoyed by all, and Westminster City School Choir as well as various musical ensembles who performed a range of pieces including, ‘I Want You Back’ by The Jackson 5 and ‘Kiss From A Rose’ by Seal, only to name a few, wowed the audience as they looked on in amazement at the talent showcased by these students.

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