President’s Day provided the traditional end to the academic year at LVS Ascot and provided parents and students with the opportunity to recognise and reward a host of excellent achievements throughout the 2017-18 year.
The ceremony was witnessed by guest of honour Alvin Finch, Mayor of Bracknell Forest, who said: “It was a marvellous celebration of excellence and everything that is good about the school. You can see how aspects such as academia, sport, art and other activities contribute to the all-round excellence that you see here.”
An emotional atmosphere with Year 13 leavers set to say goodbye to the school was enhanced by poignant speeches from outgoing Head Boy, Oliver Bonnett, Head Girl Ella Desmond and Head of Boarding Ana Vasylyk. They spoke of their experiences, development and friendships gained during their time at LVS Ascot, conveying the special sense of community at the school alongside the academic and all round educational improvement they have felt.
Two choral performances punctuated the ceremony, Blame It On The Boogie by the Senior Choir and then the Parent/Staff Choir performing Wonderful Tonight.
The prize giving aspect of the ceremony has always been an integral part of President’s Day, and rewarding effort and achievement in each year group and all subjects allows those who excel in specific areas to be recognised for their work. Scholarships were also presented, along with the new Heads of School, including Head Girl Megan Du Toit, Head Boy Darshan Solanki and Head of Boarding Ojas Limbu.
“We are very proud. She’s done so well since she came to LVS Ascot and has thrived. We can see she is doing really well in the senior school – she is so confident and takes part in all the drama productions and sports too. I like the all-round character building aspect of the school.”
David Yu, father of Year 7 academic achievement winner Angelina Yu
“We have enjoyed a variety of events here at LVS Ascot this year; a visit from Clare Balding, hosting a national girls’ football tournament, the LVS Ascot Festival of Music, through school productions and our Routes To The World of Work events to give our students a head start when seeking employment, to name just a few. The school is so vibrant with so many things going on to inspire students, that it is no surprise to see them excel, and today is a great opportunity to reward that”.
Evelyn Chen, 18, has won a national art competition with her detailed pencil study, entitled ‘Old Lady’. Evelyn, who is a boarder at LVS Ascot, won the Key Stage 5 drawing category at the national finals of the Independent Schools Association (ISA) Art competition.