Annual Prize Day is one of the highlights of the School Calendar. It is a chance to come together and celebrate positive achievements from the year – whether it be academically, on the sports field, in performing arts, or for contributions to the School or wider society.

During the day, we enjoyed an opening prayer from Prior Nicholas, followed by speeches from Chair of Governors, Adrian Aylward, Head Master Mr Hobbs and our current Heads of School, Lucy Pughe-Morgan and Oscar Healy. We are very thankful to Lucy and Oscar for all their service to the School – they will be missed. They pass the baton on to Georgia Bolton and Mateusz Kaputska.

Mr John Pontifex was the recipient of the Old Gregorian Medal, presented to him by Fr Leo. The medal recognises the outstanding contribution an Old Gregorian has made either to society as a whole or to St. Gregory’s Society. Sixth Formers Anna Bowman and Freddy Wright-Morris were delighted to be each awarded the prestigious Gregorian Medal.

As well as the awards printed in the Prize Day Programme, the School awards announced on the day were as follows:

Junior Cup for Boys’ Sport  – Nick Viljoen
Junior Cup for Girls’ Sport – Erin Gibbons
Hugh Watts Cup for the Most Improved Rugby Player – Ben Hart
Turnbull Cup for Outstanding Sport Achievement – Ioan Jenkins
Cave Cup for Sportsman of the Year – Hamish Hobbs
James Turnbull Cup for Sportswoman of the Year – Ella Jackson
R.R. Stokes Memorial Prize – Ioan Jenkins
Boves Prize for Outstanding Academic Achievement – Fae Hicks
The Sweats Cup – Isabella House
The Mackenzie Cup – Camilla Francis-Jones

We were also pleased to welcome back Old Gregorians to Downside who had achieved their First-Class Honours degrees: Ben Baldwin (R14), Cosima Benson-Colpi (C12), Ambrose Hawks (B14) (not present at Prize Day), Georgia Mostyn (I13), Caitlin Murphy (C14) and Benn Sheridan (B15).

The Parents’ Association, once again, kindly organised picnic hampers in partnership with The Wild Picnic Co., which were happily enjoyed in the wonderful late May sunshine before finishing the day with cream teas at the Sports Pavilion.

Click here to read the Head Master’s speech.