Prize Giving this year had its usual sense of celebration and reflection. Students received recognition for their hard work and effort and as always this event helped bring a positive end to the year. The guest speaker was BBC journalist Lauren Turner, who spoke of her achievements and challenges over her career in reporting. The audience’s interest was spiked by insider information on the Oscars, as well as hearing about her meeting with the Queen and Prime Minister. Perhaps most importantly, Lauren Turner is an old girl of St Helen and St Katharine and thus provided students with inspiration of all they could achieve in the future. The Head Girl for the previous year, Clare Rawlingson, also took to the platform to make her final speech to the school. As always, this particular speech was highly anticipated by the student body and Clare did her leaving year justice, with tales of their journey from Year 7 to Upper Sixth. Mrs Dougall introduced a new element to Prize Giving this year, as students were asked to listen out for answers to three pre-set questions that she concealed in her speech. This added a new excitement with house points to be won and students responded enthusiastically. Perhaps this will be a new tradition for the long-held service.
Eleanor, Head Girl