School prizes handed out by Olympian
PUPILS at Sexey's School in Bruton welcomed an Olympic modern pentathlete to their annual speech day.
The school is approaching the end of its first term under the leadership of new head teacher, Irfan Latif and was joined by West Country born athlete Kate Allenby on Friday afternoon.
She was the guest of honour at the event which was also held to celebrate the success of pupils past and present.
Ms Allenby was also on hand to present current pupils with their awards for their achievements in the first half of the autumn term.
Youngsters collected an array of prizes rewarding them for their effort and achievement in all areas of school life.
Prizes were awarded for academic achievements, sporting triumphs on the pitch and musical and artistic performances as well as awards for extra curricular achievements.
Speaking after the presentations, Mr Latif said: "Golledge House was awarded the prestigious Bint Shield in recognition of their victory in the House Competition.
"The shield was hoisted aloft by Alex Wilson and Rosie Perrett to rapturous applause from the packed main hall, to the obvious delight of Head of Golledge House, Mr Oats.
"The slick organisation, the conduct and maturity of the students, the calm composure of the wind band, the assured delivery by the heads of school and the quality of the guest speaker made the day a truly memorable occasion which highlights all that is outstanding about Sexey's."
Mr Latif joined the school at the start of the autumn term after five years at Bedford School as deputy head teacher.
He said that he was keen to open up opportunities for all pupils at the school and felt the speech delivered by Ms Allenby at the speech day had embodied the school's ethos.
He said: "She delivered an engaging, inspirational, interesting and at times humorous talk on her experiences as a two time Olympian."
Ms Allenby, who was born in Tavistock in West Devon before spending her childhood in Australia, competed as part of Team GB at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney where she won a bronze medal in modern pentathlon.
She competed again at the 2004 games in Athens where she finished eighth.
Mr Latif said: "She demonstrated how, with dedication, application and commitment, nothing is impossible, a sentiment reinforced by her Olympic Bronze medal."