Students hear from Boris Johnson MP at Presentation Evening 2018

The guest speaker at Ruislip High’s Presentation Evening 2018 on Thursday 15th November was The Right Honourable Boris Johnson MP.

Mr Johnson delivered his speech in front of a packed audience of students, parents/guardians and staff in a specially decorated sports hall.

The annual Presentation Evening is a flagship event in the school’s calendar and features student performances alongside a plethora of awards.

The event included a review of the past school year by Headteacher Dr Lecky. Cllr Eddie Lavery, Chair of the Governing Body, gave the opening remarks and also introduced Boris Johnson.

Mr Johnson said, “I am lost in admiration for all the winners here tonight. Well done to you all. However, I’d also like to speak out to all the ‘non-winners’. In my own life, sometimes it’s been the spur of failure that’s given me the energy to keep trying new things. When I was at school, I was bad at many things. I was so bad at the piano that my teacher even started a campaign among my school friends to get me to give up! Only if you risk getting things wrong then you can get things right.”

Mr Johnson also highlighted the leading position of the UK economy and how employment levels in the country are strong. He spoke proudly of the economic opportunities for young people growing up in west London, and pointed out that many products exported around the world are designed or produced in west London. Such products included bus stops for Las Vegas!

Student performances included a vocal solo of ‘Summertime’, originally recorded by My Chemical Romance, by Hannah in Year 13. The Year 7 choir of 30 students performed ‘A Million Dreams’ by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.

As well as awards for effort and achievement across all subject areas, the school also presented 15 special Bestowed Prizes. These included the Yarrow Cup for Citizenship (awarded to Hannah in Year 12); the Karan Sagoo Award for Student of the Year (awarded to Nicole in Year 12); and the Madcap Books Prize for Creative Writing (awarded to Portia in Year 9).

The Bestowed Prizes also featured a new award, the Nadira Morris Prize for Scientific Endeavour, handed to Marcelo in Year 12. Mrs Morris is a former Assistant Headteacher at Ruislip High, highly regarded for her ability to explain complex scientific concepts. Mrs Morris attended the event to present this award. Closing remarks were given by Gareth Davies, Head of School.