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Speech Day and Summer Ball

Speech Day and Summer Ball
Karen Smith

Speech Day and prizegiving were held on a glorious sunny day at Canford on Friday 28th June, marking the end of the academic year.  

Parents, friends, staff and pupils took their seats in the marquee to the sounds of the Canford Jazz Band, making for a wonderful summer atmosphere.

Headmaster Ben Vessey and Chair of Governors David Levin reviewed the past year and spoke of the many Canford achievements and also of the worthwhile contribution independent schools make within society.   Guest of honour was author and storyteller Laurence Anholt, who presented the prizes and gave a highly entertaining talk themed around the importance of a sense of balance.   The formal proceedings ended with speeches from the outgoing Head Girl Matilda Hubble and Head Boy Scott Montague, who reminisced fondly about the Canford years of their year group.

Families enjoyed drinks in the sunshine on the Sunken Lawn as they watched the traditional house Canford Gallop before lunch in the Great Hall or picnics in the grounds.  On display was an exhibition of Pre-U Art in the Coldstream Gallery, an exhibition Real Tennis match, an OC v staff croquet match hotly contested on Lancaster Lawn, and the traditional Leavers’ XI v Cygnets cricket on Mountjoy.  Music was also celebrated with an orchestral concert in the Music School featuring Upper Sixth leavers.

The Summer Ball in the evening in the marquee - appropriately themed ‘To the Moon and Back’ in honour of the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing - was enjoyed by parents, pupils, staff and friends joining together not only to celebrate the end of our leavers’ time at Canford but also another successful and happy year at the school.

For photographs from Speech Day please click on the links below:


Prizewinners and Rowing 1st crews

Drinks and Canford Gallop

A link to photographs from the Summer Ball will be sent to parents once the images have been edited.


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