Junior Awards Day: a milestone in the lives of QE’s young achievers

Queen Elizabeth School’s Junior Awards Day celebrated the “truly outstanding achievements” of boys in Years 7-9.

A total of 114 awards were made to boys at the ceremony. The prizewinners were lauded by the Headmaster, Dr John Marincowitz: “Today’s occasion provides an opportunity for us to recognise and celebrate those junior boys whose academic and extra-curricular achievements have been identified as truly outstanding. In doing so, we set a milestone in the unfolding of interesting careers.

“Truly outstanding achievements warrant a measure and those who have distinguished themselves in a context where standards are generally very high are truly worthy of our celebration. It is these highly talented and committed young men who have demonstrated such exceptional qualities whom we celebrate tonight,” Dr Marincowitz added.

The Guest of Honour was Old Elizabethan (1964-74) Dr Fraser MacFarlane, an acknowledged management expert who is now Senior Lecturer in Health Care Management and Postgraduate Admissions Tutor at the University of Surrey. He is also Programme Director for the University’s MSc in Health Care Management and currently supervises the work of 10 PhD students.

The Junior Awards comprise academic subject-related awards, House awards and awards for outstanding commitment in each of the first three years, as well as endowed prizes and special awards.

Musical divertissements during the ceremony were provided by the School’s young musicians led by Director of Music, Kieron Howe. These included works by Beethoven, Chopin and Rimsky-Korsakov, as well as a recessional composed by Mr Howe.