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High-achievers rewarded

PUBLISHED: 01:00 06 November 2001 | UPDATED: 15:19 03 March 2010

PUPILS, teachers, families and special guests have congregated to celebrate the achievements of an Ipswich school.

The Ipswich High School Prize Giving was held at the Woolverstone based school to praise the efforts of pupils.

PUPILS, teachers, families and special guests have congregated to celebrate the achievements of an Ipswich school.

The Ipswich High School Prize Giving was held at the Woolverstone based school to praise the efforts of pupils.

Hundreds gathered in the Hayworth Sports Hall to recognise the achievements of the school's girls.

As well as awarding pupils for attaining GCSE and A Level passes, special prizes were also handed out to star pupils.

Ceremonies began with an introductory speech by headmistress Valerie MacCuish >.

She thanked the teachers and pupils for their efforts in the past academic year which she said had been particularly stressful due to the introduction of AS Level examinations and the school's visit from an independent school's inspector.

However she added pupils had responded well to produce excellent exam results.

After speeches from the headmistress, and chairman of governors the Honourable Jill Ganzoni, the prizes were handed out to the pupils.

The stage was then set for special guest speaker, Jenny Hobbs MBE, to address the audience.

Miss Hobbs spoke about her experiences working abroad for various organisations including her 20 years with the British Council.

After working in places such as Croatia and Nepal Miss Hobbs returned to the UK to take up a post at Durham University.

She is now the Principal at St Mary's College, Durham.

Speaking yesterday, she said: "There is no way I could have predicted the path I took. However one thing I am sure of now, for you girls it will not be so much a question of looking for jobs but looking to present your skills and experiences and to match them with prospective employers."

She also urged pupils to "keep up with participation in team sports and other extra curricular activities, however uncool it may seem to you now."

WEBLINK: Visit the school's official web page at www.gdst.net/ipswichhigh/

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