Star student Emily delivers message on ‘success’ at Presentation Evening 2019

Ruislip High’s most prestigious event of the year, Presentation Evening, took place on Thursday 14th November. 

It is always a very special and formal occasion where the school welcomes the families of prize winners to celebrate their successes during the previous year.

The guest speaker was Emily Fishman, the first Ruislip High student to attend an Oxbridge University. Emily joined Ruislip High School in 2007, and is now a history teacher at Latymer School in Edmonton.

Emily said in her speech, “I always saw school as a place of opportunity. Sometimes, life was hard, especially when I was diagnosed with scoliosis, a curvature of my spine, in 2008. I had to have two major spinal surgeries which were very painful. However, I kept going when I got back to school and worked as hard as I could. My teachers at Ruislip High recognised that I could maybe get into an Oxbridge University. I am grateful to them for helping me apply. Studying at Cambridge University was a fantastic and rewarding experience.

“Success means different things to different people. Whatever you want to do – lawyer, footballer, journalist, astronaut - be resilient and prepared to work hard. Failures will happen but you have to keep going. If you fall off the ladder towards success, it’s all about getting back on the ladder. Don’t waste the opportunities this school gives you.”

Students in key stages 3, 4 and 5 were nominated by staff to receive a tutor or a subject award, which is a great achievement with only two prizes per subject in each key stage and two prizes in each tutor group on offer. A few students were also privileged to receive a bestowed award, which are prizes endowed to the school by previous members of staff, students or local dignitaries. Many of these individuals attended the evening to see their prizes being awarded and to hear the reasons the student has been chosen for their special prize. As well as student prizes, three members of staff were honoured for their efforts and achievements, going above and beyond for the students and the staff.

Assistant Headteacher Ms Cotton, who hosted the event, said, “There is an immense feeling of pride in acknowledging and celebrating the many achievements of our students who have demonstrated continued hard work to fulfil their high aspirations.”

The event featured a review of the year by Headteacher Mr Davies, as well as a number of student musical performances including a piano sole by David Chen in Year 8.