The annual Prize Giving, which was held on the 23rd of June, was a particularly poignant occasion this year as it marked the last formal event for the outgoing Rector Dr Ken Greig.
The Chairman of the Trust, Professor Brian Williams, thanked distinguished academic Dr Greig for his valuable service to the school and offered a warm welcome to new Rector Mr Colin Gambles. Mr Williams also thanked all Hutchesons’ staff, pupils and families for their continued support and hard work over the School year.
Pupil Lisa Cummings (S6) then gave a polished and heartfelt performance of Henry Purcell’s “Music for a While”, before Dr Greig took to the podium for the final time as Rector.
Dr Greig gave his personal thanks to staff and to pupils, in particular the Bursar, Mr Keter, his Senior Management Team and the current Head Boy and Girl - Jack Leslie and Jenny Anderson. He spoke warmly of his wonderful memories at Hutchie, the numerous friendships and excellent performances, concerts and art shows which he would remember fondly.
Dr Greig congratulated the Dux pupils and prize winners for “symbolising the best of Hutchie and the excellence of all!”. He then went on to reflect on his own final day at School, drawing parallels with this last day as rector, encouraging pupils “not to fear transitions but to welcome them”.
It was then time to welcome distinguished guest speaker, Baroness Meta Ramsay, a real life “M” whose career could have been written by Iain Fleming. She represents, as Dr Greig remarked, a truly remarkable role model for young women.
Baroness Ramsay told the audience how her own Hutchesons’ experience had empowered her to excel in the Diplomatic Service which was in her time “very much a man’s world”. She said: “Our teachers were a marvellous generation of women who literally dedicated their lives to educating us in the fullest sense of that word – teaching us to believe there was nothing a Hutchie girl could not do and nowhere she could not go.
The numerous prizes were then distributed to great applause, followed by a sincere vote of thanks from the Head Girl, Jenny Anderson and a loud and enthusiastic “Three Cheers for the School” from the head boy, Jack Leslie.
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