St. Mary’s College looked back on another year of outstanding achievement at its annual prize giving ceremony recently.
Former Head Girl Camilla Mankabady was the VIP guest at the event, which took place in the spectacular setting of Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.
Camilla is a senior TV journalist who over the last twenty years has held editorial responsibility for the nation’s most watched TV news bulletins at both the BBC and ITV. She is currently the News at Ten Programme Editor for ITV News, following 14 years as the senior Programme Editor for BBC One.
In an entertaining and well-received speech Camilla reflected on the importance of journalism and free speech, and what a privilege it had been to have ‘a ringside seat at some of the defining news stories of our age’.
She also said that attending the event ‘reminded me of just how central a role St. Mary’s had played in shaping the person I was to become’.
Earlier in the ceremony guests had heard Principal Mike Kennedy say that during 2015 St. Mary’s had further enhanced its reputation for academic excellence and encouraging achievement in sport, music and many other extra-curricular activities.
Mr Kennedy said that results in this year’s public examinations had again been very impressive, particularly at GCSE level where more than a quarter of the year group gained ten A grades or better.
However, he stressed that examination success should not just be judged by those pupils who achieve the top grades, but also by the efforts of all pupils doing their best and reaching their full potential.
Reviewing the year, the Principal also put the spotlight on many other highlights of the past 12 months including excellent productions of the musical Grease and the Greek tragedy Ajax, an outstanding Proms in the Park concert in July and successful pupil exchange visits to France, Germany and Spain.
Mr Kennedy also highlighted the annual pilgrimage to Lourdes, CCF and Duke of Edinburgh’s Award achievements, the successful introduction of a new house system and a number of sporting and charity fundraising successes.
He also said that former pupils continue to make their mark at the highest levels of education, industry, commerce and the media, and that Camilla Mankabady is an excellent example of their achievements.
Mr Kennedy commented: “Our prize giving ceremony is a great opportunity not only to celebrate the numerous successes of our pupils and former pupils, but also to pay tribute to the support they have received from staff and their families to make these achievements possible.
“Congratulations to all our prize winners today. You have achieved well and with credit. But congratulations as well to everyone at St. Mary’s. Your values and character are the real achievements being celebrated today.”