Manchester High speech night celebrates girls’ outstanding achievements

Members of the Manchester High School for Girls community gathered together at the Bridgewater Hall recently for the school’s annual Speech Night ceremony.

The event celebrated all aspects of school life with students receiving examination certificates and prizes in recognition of their effort, progress, commitment and service to the community.

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November 11, 2014

Manchester High welcomed former pupil and international corporate and commercial lawyer, Melanie Johnson, as guest of honour. Melanie has worked with Ed Vaizey MP and the Rt Hon Michael Gove MP to develop government strategy for cultural education in schools, and is currently working for a Chicago-based US law firm in London.

Melanie gave an inspiring and encouraging speech to the girls. She said: “We have all been humbled by the recent winner of the Nobel Peace Prize winner, Malala Yousafzai, who spoke about the empowering nature of education for girls.

You are all receiving a great education, but what will distinguish you ultimately will be your enthusiasm, hard work and good manners. Focus on being the best you can be, and be grateful for the marvellous opportunities you have at Manchester High.

Confidence has a strong foundation in an all girls’ education – I always had faith that I was capable. Have meaningful lives, be doers and joiner-inners, and, finally, win without boasting and lose without excuse.”

Guests were also treated to stunning musical performances from the school orchestra and choirs, as well as The Warburton Prize 2014 winner, harpist Alice Roberts, and runner up from the same competition, cellist Clara Rundell.

Head mistress, Mrs Claire Hewitt, said:  “Alongside outstanding public examination results, we have enjoyed a tremendous year marking our 140th anniversary and opening a fantastic new Sixth Form Centre. This evening was a celebration of all the achievements and contributions of members of our school community.”


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