Our outgoing Senior Prefects spoke powerfully and eloquently on Speech Day about how Worth delivers education with heart and soul and of the special bonds formed at the School.
Head Boy Chris Ritchie and Head Girl Anna Riley have carried out their roles superbly this academic year and their speeches to a packed Abbey Church on Speech Day were a fitting way to bring to an end their time in the roles.
Speaking about Worth’s promise to deliver education with heart and soul, Chris said: “I would like to take a moment to reflect on what that has meant to me over the past seven years. At one level, of course, it means the acquisition of knowledge, perhaps even wisdom; that is after all one of the core functions of the school and it cannot be overstated. But a Worth education offers so much more than the 8.30 to 5.25 timetable. The wide-ranging co-curricular programme gives us the opportunity to learn new skills, as well as valuable life lessons. One of my personal highlights was playing for the 2nd XV (rugby), what we lacked in technical excellence we made up for with an almost alarming amount of self-belief and the look of jubilation on Mr Lavis’s face when the final whistle sounded to mark an unbeaten season will stay with me for a very long time. This is an example of what we mean by education with heart. Well, yes, you take with heart to mean with conviction but I think there is more to it than that. Education with heart also applies with courage and commitment, perhaps even generosity.
“So, what is education with soul? The importance of values, such as community, stewardship and service is an essential feature not only of education but of life at Worth. They are explored in assemblies and Wednesday Worship, but are cultivated at a day-to-day level in the way we interact with one another.
“So, what do I think the Year 13 leavers and I will take from our education with heart and soul? Firstly, an appreciation of the importance of teamwork, self-belief, determination, commitment and the courage to try new things, as well as the values of service, stewardship and community. We may not be able to change the world, but we can all influence our own.”
In an equally impressive speech, Head Girl Anna said: “Regardless of joining in Year 7 or 12, truly special bonds are formed. Although one is nervous to begin with, you soon find people that you care just as much for as yourself. Their joys become your joys, their sorrows become your sorrows, making you more vulnerable should anything bad happen but at the same time it is strengthening, relieving you from a too small orbit of your own thoughts and an hour of burdens can be shared.
“Together you become more emotionally aware, resilient and fair-minded, sharing opinions, virtues and dislikes, while forming unforgettable memories. Friendship is quite literally the best part of life and the best part of Worth, and why my year and I will carry this very close to our hears for a long time to come.”
We wish Anna, Chris and all our Year 13 students the very best as they go forth to university and beyond, and look forward to hearing about their future successes.
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