Prize Day 2017

We were delighted to welcome friends and family to Downside to celebrate Prize Day 2017, on Saturday 27th May. 

Visitors joined pupils in the Abbey Church for a celebratory Mass, before heading to the Sports Hall for the Prizegiving Ceremony. 

Senior prizes were distributed following speeches from Pablo Camprubi Royle, Alexandra Morris, Fr Leo and Dr Whitehead. The current Head Boy and Head Girl were thanked for their hard work and dedication during the past academic year, with Derek Quinlan and Tallulah Horton welcomed in the head roles for 2017/18. 

The School Awards were also announced:

Carol Matthews Trophy for Inter-House Science – Smythe House
Junior Cup for Boys’ Sport  – Benjamin Harwood
Junior Cup for Girls’ Sport – Maria Dolman
Turnbull Cup for Outstanding Sport Achievement – George Hobbs
Cave Cup for Sportsman of the Year – Oliver Church
James Turnbull Cup for Sportswoman of the Year – Cordelia Sheridan
Hugh Watts Cup for the Most Improved Rugby Player – Thomas MacGinnis
The Bruniges Sabre Fencing Cup – Nicholas Preston
The Bruniges EPEE Fencing Cup – Sebastian Prendiville
The Inter-House Chess Trophy – Smythe House

University First Class Honours (Old Gregorians)
Arabic and Islamic Studies – Isabel Le Brun
French and German – Archie Maybury
English Literature – Charlotte Fitzgerald
French and Spanish – Alice Pelly
History – Sam Harris

R.R. Stokes Memorial Prize – Monika Kosela                                                                          
Boves Prize for Outstanding Academic Achievement – Jonathan Birkett
The Sweats Cup – Barlow House

The Mackenzie Cup – Celestine Healy 

Head Master’s Awards
Emma Bingham and Aleksander Pietrzyk

The Gregorian Medal – Mildred Maybury and Thomas MacGinnis                                                      
The Old Gregorian Medal – Edward Fitzgerald QC                   

The President of the Old Gregorian Society, Rupert Orchard, presented the Old Gregorian Medal to Edward Fitzgerald QC in an emotional tribute that gained a standing ovation from the audience. Edward reminded Downside pupils to ‘never, ever, give up’.