Steyning Grammar School’s Sixth Form College Class of 2019, Year 13 leavers celebrated their formal Prize Giving Dinner at Avisford Park Hotel, near Arundel on the evening of June 27th. The evening was attended by 240 sixth formers, along with learning mentors, teachers, boarding staff members of the school management team and governors.
Students arrived looking magnificent in their formal attire. They were greeted by Head Teacher, Mr N Wergan, together with the Director of the Sixth Form College and Assistant Head Mrs S Randall, College Heads of Year, Miss Bedford and Miss Cook . Students enjoyed a glass of sparkling wine before photographs were taken in the grounds.
The evening’s formal proceedings began with prizes in the form of tokens, awarded to students in recognition of their approach to learning as positive, independent and engaged young people. The prizes were presented by Mr N Wergan. Students were recognised for their contribution to the wider life of the School. Two students were nominated across all of their study programme subjects; Oliver Cox and Sam Beard. Others received recognition for overcoming significant difficulties during their academic careers, showing perseverance and determination to succeed. Mrs Randall joined leavers in the Class of 2019, retiring from Steyning Grammar School after 37 years including 30 years as Head of Sixth.
Other Sixth Form College students received prizes for their work for their contribution to life in the Sixth Form College and life in the Boarding House. Head Boy Sam Lazenby, Head Girl Katrina Browne, Deputy Head Girls Olivia Burgess and Harriet Francis, Deputy Head Boys, James Li Tremble and James Adeosun together with Head Boy of Boarding Oscar Canton and Head Girl of Boarding Bisi Roberts and their Deputies, Korede Akanade and Najeebah Lawal were awarded the Foundation Governors’ Prize for carrying out their duties superbly throughout the year. We continue to be grateful to the Foundation Governors, Friends of Steyning Grammar School, and Gardner and Scardifield, Hamilton Graham, Tooveys Auction House, Mr Rob Pavis, Steyning Bookshop together with the Chanctonbury Lions Club, and many other local companies for their generous support in sponsoring these awards. Our students were delighted to have their efforts recognised and celebrated, and staff welcomed the opportunity to pay tribute to so many talented individuals.
Many students thanked their teachers for the help and guidance they had received during their A level and BTEC Level 3 studies. Our Head Boy and Head Girl delivered an entertaining farewell speech and spoke for all our sixth formers when they said that they would miss the school and would be eternally grateful for the guidance given during their time in the Sixth Form College. Students expressed their thanks to the Sixth Form Leadership Team and Sixth Form College Admin support staff. Mrs Randall shared her sadness at having to say goodbye to such a dynamic, enthusiastic and caring group of students. Students leave the Sixth Form College with fond memories and strong lasting friendships. She ended her speech with;” When you look back, I hope you will remember it as one of the best times in your life, a time of expanding horizons when the world is so full of possibilities. Be well, do good work, have big dreams and ambitions. Students, staff every one of you here tonight are a star but together for me you have been the most brilliant of constellations for which I give you my sincere and heartfelt thanks.”
Students were most appreciative of the leadership strengths of Head teacher Mr Wergan, applauded for his positive impact on Steyning Grammar School. Senior student officers presented Mr Wergan with a fig tree bedecked with his beloved 8 SGS learning characters to remind him of them. They thanked him for supporting all of their eccentric traditions that are so much a unique part of the SGS College Year.
Mr Wergan has taken every opportunity to instil in them how important the Steyning Grammar School values and vision are. As Mr Wergan summed up, with a quote from one of the greatest French writers, Victor Hugo. Change your opinions, keep to your principles; change your leaves, keep intact your roots. “My advice is about your principles and your roots. You have developed these at Steyning Grammar, and it is the depth of your roots that will enable you to weather any storm. When you are under pressure, your character will get you through”.
Finally, Mr Wergan brought the formal proceedings to a close with a toast to the class of 2019. A three-course dinner followed and the evening’s celebrations continued with a disco until midnight.