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Belvedere’s Prize Giving event is always an impressive and prestigious affair, which can easily be taken for granted when one has attended it for many years. We were reminded just how special and unique it is by our Special Guest and Chief Executive of the GDST, Cheryl Giovannoni, who was not only new to such an event but was also a new visitor to our Anglican Cathedral. Over 2000 people, including members of our Local Governing Body, gathered to celebrate the successes of our students whether it was for their academic excellence, their contribution to academy life or for embodying all of the attributes of a Belvedere Girl.
We were also pleased to welcome back over 50 of our Leavers, many of whom have already started their courses in their first choice universities. Our Principal, Mr Kennedy, gave a speech reflecting on the highlights of the academy year where he reminded us all that The Belvedere Academy is now 10 years old; a birthday that we had all missed due to hectic academy life. Once the prizes had been awarded to over 350 students ranging from Year 8 to Year 13, Ms Giovannoni gave some inspirational words focusing on the power of young women and their ability to shape the future.
Our Head Girl, Jazmin Mooney, echoed these remarks in her impressive Vote of Thanks. The ceremony was punctuated by outstanding performances from our Choir, Chamber Choir and Orchestra, led by Mr O’Keeffe. A musical highlight was definitely the opening performance of Toto’s Africa, which was led by the Choir, but included all 135 members of Year 7, complete with rain special effects. Congratulations to all of the students who received prizes and for those who did not, it’s never too early to start achieving for next year!