Prize Day 2018

We enjoyed welcoming friends and family to Downside, on Saturday 26th May, for the annual prize-giving ceremony. A number of junior prizes were celebrated on Friday evening, ahead of the Music for a Summer’s Eve performances. 

Head Boy, Derek Quinlan, and Head Girl, Tallulah Horton, spoke at the start of the ceremony and were thanked for their service to the school. The Chair of Governors, Adrian Aylward, addressed the audience as did Acting Head Master, Andrew Hobbs, before pupils were presented with their prizes. The Head Boy and Head Girl for the 2018/19 academic year were announced as Lucy Pughe-Morgan and Oscar Healy

The prestigious Gregorian Medal was presented to Humphrey Francis-Jones and Caoimhe O’Mahony. 

Dom Leo along with President of the St Gregory’s Society, Rupert Orchard, announced Brigadier Dick CBE as the winner of the Old Gregorian Medal. 

School awards were announced on the day:

Carol Matthews Trophy for Inter-House Science – Caverel House
Inter-House Chess Cup – Smythe House
The Bruniges EPEE Fencing Cup – Ivan Boas-Syed
Downside School Sportsmanship in Fencing – Barney Sharifi
Junior Cup for Boys’ Sport  – Jayden Lyons
Junior Cup for Girls’ Sport – Lucia Wickham
Hugh Watts Cup for the Most Improved Rugby Player – Christopher Fitzgerald
Turnbull Cup for Outstanding Sport Achievement – Hugo Morgan
Cave Cup for Sportsman of the Year – Mungo Sheehan
James Turnbull Cup for Sportswoman of the Year – Caoimhe O’Mahony
R.R. Stokes Memorial Prize – Thomas Godwin                                                                     
Boves Prize for Outstanding Academic Achievement –Olii Neilson
The Sweats Cup – Caverel House
The Mackenzie Cup – Joseph Last-Sutton

Head Master’s Prize – Christopher Fitzgerald, Niamh Keohane, Tristan van Laar

Click here to view the programme as a pdf. 

A number of Old Gregorians were invited to collect an award for achieving a First-Class Honours degree, click here to read more. 

This year, the Parents’ Association had organised picnic hampers, in partnership with The Wild Picnic Co., and thankfully the weather held out for everyone to enjoy time relaxing by the cricket pavilion to watch the cricket competition and take part in some informal tennis. Angela Higgs was thanked for her commitment to the Parents’ Association having undertaken the role of treasurer during the past four years.