Portsmouth High School, GDST, senior girls, from Years 10-13, were the proud recipients of achievement awards and cups this week as friends, family, pupils and staff from the school gathered for an evening of celebration. The evening was attended by many VIPs including the Lord and Lady Mayoress of Portsmouth and the Mayors of Fareham and Gosport.
Last year’s leavers returned to school to receive their awards before starting at universities later this month. Courses they are taking range from Biochemistry and Economics to History, Psychology and Design Engineering.
The guest speaker was Cheryl Giovannoni, Chief Executive of the Girls’ Day School Trust, who told the audience that anything is possible:
‘Don’t be held back by what others think is right for you. Own your dreams and make them a reality.
‘The GDST is a network of schools, but more importantly the GDST is a network of people – of young women who have their whole futures ahead of them. I believe this network is one of the most valuable things the GDST can give you as you step out into the world; a ready-made, professional network.
‘As you go into this world you will face many challenges; so it’s important that you develop mental resilience and grit. The world is a place that we all know is volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. But it is also wonderfully exciting and full of promise and opportunity.
‘You will be the names making tomorrow’s headlines. 100% the future.’
Portsmouth High School’s newly appointed Chair of Governors, Mrs Krysia Butwilowska, paid tribute to former Chair of Governors Mrs Anne McMeehan Roberts:
‘Anne, an alumna of Portsmouth High School herself, has been a hugely dedicated Chair for the past six years. I am honoured to be taking on the role and to be here tonight to celebrate the success of the girls; their results are truly outstanding, aided and abetted by experienced and committed staff.’