Prize Giving 2017

Pupils, staff and the Hutchesons' community celebrated their annual Prize Giving, which was held on the 23rd of June, marking the end of an exciting academic year.

The event was held in the Helen and Walter Ross Assembly Hall and saw hundreds attend the first Prize Giving Ceremony with the new Rector, Mr Colin Gambles.

The Chairman of Governors, Professor Brian Williams, praised Mr Gambles for his fantastic leadership and his ability to fit into the School community so quickly over the past year. Mr Williams went on to thank all of the Hutchesons' staff, pupils, families and alumni for their continued support.

School Governor, Mrs Kathleen Millar, then led a prayer and asked the School leavers to reflect on their fond memories during a flawless performance from pupil Samantha Brodie (S6), who sang George Frederic Handel's "Where 'er you walk".

Following this, Mr Gambles delivered his first Rector's Report for the 2016/17 Session and spoke warmly of his new role and how special it was to be part of such a thriving and busy School.

He thanked FP and School Bursar, Mr Iain Keter for his excellent work as he moves on from his role at Hutchesons’, then thanking the Senior Management Team and the current Head Boy and Girl Team for their efforts over the academic year.

Mr Gambles then spoke about the prize winners and the Dux pupils, praising their acheievents and concluding his speech by highlighting the importance of the Hutchie' community and the opportunities which the School leavers now had beyond the classroom.  

This was followed by an inspirational talk from the Vice Chairman and Guest of Honour, Ms Ruth Walker, who spoke about her own time at school and the importance of embracing the adventures in life which are least expected.

Ms Walker announced her new role at the School, as she prepares to become the Board of Governors Chairman and will be the first woman to hold this position at Hutchesons'.

The prizes were then distributed with a resounding applause from the audience, followed by a sincere vote of thanks from Depute Head Girl, Kirsty Griffiths and in true Hutchie tradition, Head Boy, Callum T Young led "Three Cheers for the School" 

Photographs from the day can be seen here.


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