Past pupils and parents from the class of 2017 returned to The Romsey School on 23 November to celebrate their successes and achievements at the annual Presentation Evening.
Special guests for the evening included, the Deputy Mayor of Test Valley, Cllr Ian Carr and Deputy Mayoress, Mrs Beryl Carr, and Deputy Mayor of Romsey Cllr Dorothy Baverstock, together with several local dignitaries some of whom had donated prizes for presentation at the event.
The evening was opened by Executive Headteacher, Jonathan de Sausmarez who congratulated the Class of 2017 on their success and introduced the theme for the evening – ‘Ordinary people doing extraordinary things’.
Head teacher, Colm McKavanagh spoke about how he was immensely proud of the year group and the way in which they had supported each other and the fact that they are greatly missed by staff and pupils alike. He thanked staff and parents for their contribution and unfailing support of the pupils and School.
There was a nostalgic and often amusing look back to Results Day in the summer with a collection of photographs and video clips set to music.
The current Head Boy and Girl, Samuel Baxter and Abbie Miller provided an overview of the changes that have occurred in school since the summer and said that the year group had made “A big mark on the school”.
Head of Year Caroline Easton introduced pupils and they were presented with their examination certificates by Guest Speaker Scott Dawson. In addition there were over 30 special subject and community awards presented to pupils.
Building on the evening’s theme of the ‘Ordinary doing the extraordinary’, Scott Dawson was introduced. Scott is a local man who a few years ago weighed 19 stone. He decided he needed to do something about it so took up running and swimming again. He lost weight and began open water swimming, which led to swimming across the Solent and culminated in doing a (wetsuit assisted) swim around the Isle of Wight (65 miles) in a time of 25 hours and 56 minutes.
Not satisfied with becoming the 5th person to swim solo around the Island, Scott has gone on to run and cycle around the Island non-stop. In the process he has raised over £25,000 for charity. All in all Scott’s achievements are truly inspirational.
After a vote of thanks, Chair of Governors Judith Houghton added her thanks to everyone who had contributed to the success of the year group and brought the evening to a close.