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Posted: 11.07.24

Leavers Service and Prize Day 2024

Leavers Service

On Friday 5th July, our Year 13 pupils officially became Old Breconians as they proudly led a final Leaver’s Service in the Chapel.

The service was a heartfelt celebration of friendship, reflection and excitement for the future. Our pupils personally selected the readings, hymns, and prayers, ensuring the service was their own. As per tradition, the singing was truly outstanding, the sound reaching beyond the walls of the chapel, bringing tears to the eyes of both pupils and parents alike.

 “We leave Christ College having been given the best of starts, the most wonderful of opportunities to progress. But that means it’s up to us to make it count. With opportunity comes the responsibility to take it. And Yes, it’s been fun. And the future will be fun too. But I hope none of us loses sight of the bigger picture this place has drawn for us.” – Mark G, Head Boy

See Mark’s full words on the Christ College Brecon Community website. 

In what has become a well-established tradition, they sing the last hymn of the Leavers’ Service after the departure of parents and staff. It is a moving occasion for all, including for parents listening to the final verses from outside.

As the Leavers make their way through the Phillip Gates, a revered and much loved tradition,  they receive a firm handshake and a ‘Godspeed’ from the Head. Once they have said their official good-bye to the Head, Leavers receive an OB tie from Mr Richards, and are welcomed into the Old Breconian Association as they begin the journey ahead as Old Breconians.

Given by Old Breconians, the Phillips gates are a memorial to J L Phillips, who was a pupil and scholar (School House 1892-1899). He returned to his old school as Headmaster (1921-1931) succeeding his own Headmaster, R H Chambers (Headmaster 1895-1921). The gates couldn’t be a more appropriate symbol of transition to Old Breconians.

We wish all our leavers the very best for the future.

Prize Day

On Saturday, we held our annual Prize Day, welcoming Sir Anthony Seldon as our guest speaker for the event. Sir Anthony Seldon is one of Britain’s leading contemporary historians, educationalists, commentators and political authors. We were delighted to welcome him to Christ College, and our thanks for taking the time to join us on our Prize Day this year.

Prizes were awarded to pupils who have been genuine role models to the wider school community throughout the year, they reflect a wide range of academic aptitudes, interests and effort beyond the basic demands of studies.

“Prize Day is an important day in our calendar as we gather to celebrate all that our pupils have achieved this academic year. This is an especially important day for our Leavers, and a proud and emotional day for their families as they watch their loved ones move on to the next exciting chapters in their lives. Personally, it is not their achievements that make me feel most proud but the people they have become. Breconians strike the right balance between confidence and humility; they are well-mannered whilst maintaining a twinkle of mischief and a wonderful sense of humour. I hope that never changes.

Our Leavers are ready for all that comes next and they go with the love, good wishes and blessings of us all in the Christ College Brecon Community. Congratulations to all our winners, and Godspeed to the Leavers of 2024.” – Gareth Pearson, Head

This year was a particularly special one, as three of Christ College’s Headteachers were present, it was a pleasure to welcome back Mrs Emma Taylor, the first female Head at Christ College from 2007 to 2017, and Mr Phillip Jones, Head from 1996 to 2007.

We recognise and give thanks to our Founders and Benefactors, and also to our donors for their generous support throughout the year.

 

Summer Ball

Saturday night was filled with delicious food, great company and lots of dancing, as the sixth form enjoyed their end of year Summer Ball. Beautifully set in a marquee on the school grounds, it is lovely to welcome parents and staff to join in the festivities at the end of the year.

Thank you to our incredible catering suppliers Holroyd Howe, and to Mrs Golding for organising a wonderful event.

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