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Schools prize-giving, sports awards and confirmations

Latest schools news from the Diocese of East Anglia includes confirmations, a school prize giving and sports awards dinner.

A group of youngsters from Notre Dame High School in Norwich (pictured above) was recently confirmed by Bishop Alan. The confirmation sacrament took place at Our Lady Star of the Sea in Lowestoft.

The sporting pursuits and achievements of students at St Mary's School, Cambridge were celebrated on July 3 at the school's annual Sports Award Dinner, where three-time Olympic swimmer and Bronze medallist Joanne Jackson, and Paralympic archer Danielle Brown (MBE), presented the prizes.

Danielle Brown said: "I thoroughly enjoyed the evening and I have to say it was probably one of the best sports awards I have attended. Although I don't think they need it, my advice for the girls is to carry on what they are doing, by choosing sports they enjoy. To be good you have to work hard and it's so much easier to work hard when you're doing something you enjoy. But they already know that!"

Special recognition was given to record breakers. At the recent sports day students had beaten school sporting records held for more than 20 years in some cases, while in others records were beaten by significant distances.

Charlotte Avery, Headmistress, said: "I sincerely believe that children's initial experiences of sport have a defining impact on their life-long attitudes to physical activity, which is why at our school we do all we can to ensure our students are able to take advantage of the great many benefits that sport and physical activity have to offer each of us, and by doing so establish positive habits and attitudes toward this vital aspect of well-being.

To mark the end of the academic year, St Mary's School, Cambridge welcomed special guests in to school to celebrate students' progress and achievements. From robotics to classics, serving the community to STEM, and dance to musical achievements, girls in Reception through to Sixth Form were recognised for their exceptional efforts and accomplishments in the school's prize giving ceremonies.

Suzi Digby OBE, internationally renowned choral conductor, choir master and music educator, was the guest speaker at the Senior School and Sixth Form Prize Giving event on Friday June 30.

Suzi said: "the school is a wonderful example of a caring and enlightened environment that nurtures talent and personality. There is nothing I’m more passionate about than young people's development as complete human beings. Each time you achieve something you go further down the path of knowing who you are, being comfortable with who you are and showing that version of who you are to others around you. I want to encourage all of you, above all else to be yourselves."

Headmistress Charlotte Avery said: "It is exactly this point ' our students becoming their best selves, through discovering talents and interests, working hard and being resilient in the face of disappointment ' that we seek to celebrate at events like our annual Prize Giving, which is why we award in each year group a Prize for Progress as well as a Prize for Excellence in each subject, and also award Special Prizes to students from any year group who have stood out from the crowd."

Pictured above is the youngest Special Prize winner for her poetic prowess, Year 7 student, Juliette L.