Speech Day
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Speech Day

Thank you to all parents who supported the various elements of the Speech Day weekend.  On Friday afternoon, Reverend Christopher Davies (Governor and Rector of St John’s Church, Loughton) led our service for children in the Pre Prep, Lower One and Upper One.  This was followed by a very well attended garden party in the Pre Prep.  On Saturday morning, there were two services for the remainder of the Junior School and the Senior School at which the Reverend Canon Dr Christopher Collingwood preached.  Chris is the Canon Chancellor of York Minster and was Chaplain of Chigwell School until 2009.  

On Saturday afternoon, the prize-giving itself took place and the Guest of Honour was Mrs Johanna Southern O.C. who now runs a marketing consultancy in California and was the first female Head of School in 1983-84.  We celebrated twenty years since Chigwell began full co-education and four of the other ladies who have been Head of School in recent years also joined us:  Rachel Lund, graduate of Oxford University and Head of Insight and Analytics at the British Retail Consortium; Sophie Halls graduate of Oxford University and trainee lawyer; Katie Marshall student of medicine at Oxford University; and Faith Inch student of English at Cambridge University.  Art and design and technology exhibitions were open, and various music groups performed during the tea which followed the awarding of prizes.  In the evening, the ball for leavers and Chigwell parents took place and was attended by some three hundred and eighty people.