The morning of Tuesday 25th June saw Grosvenor Grammar School stage one of its calendar highlights in the form of the annual Junior Certificate Prize-giving Ceremony, held for all pupils in Years Eight to Ten in the School’s William Moles Hall.

The ceremony provides an opportunity for the School to celebrate academic, co- and extra-curricular successes amongst its Junior School pupils each year. As well as all members of Year Ten receiving their Junior Certificates in recognition of their achievements in the recent end-of-year examinations, notable awards were also distributed in acknowledgement of pupil attainment in the fields of, amongst others: Sport, Drama, the Environment and Home Economics.

This year’s ceremony offered the opportunity to recognise a number of significant achievements within the School, as evidenced by Year Ten pupil Matthew Sykes receiving the ‘Individual Prize for Boys Athletics in Junior School’ following his impressive third place finish, in the 100 metres, at the Irish Schools’ Track and Field Championships in June. In addition, Year Nine pupil Eva Wainwright was the recipient of both the ‘Year 9 Girls Hockey Player of the Year’ accolade, following her selection onto the Belfast Schools’ Under 15 squad, as well as the ‘Year 9 Girls Individual Cross Country Champion’ award, following her qualification for the Irish Schools’ Championships in March. Elsewhere, amongst other recipients of prizes was Year Ten pupil Helen Osborne, who starred throughout the year for the Under 14 Netball Team, which performed superbly to reach the final of the Junior ‘B’ League Final in April.

Following an informative speech from Principal Dr Frances Vasey, which detailed the extensive achievements of pupils within junior school over the past year, the ceremony was concluded with an engaging and inspirational talk from Guest Speaker Reverend Edward McKenzie, Minister of Cregagh Presbyterian Church and a former Grosvenor pupil, who captivated all present whilst talking about his own memories of Grosvenor, as well as offering advice regarding success and, specifically, the qualities and sacrifices required in order to achieve it.

Many thanks to Reverend McKenzie for taking time out of his busy schedule to speak at this year’s ceremony; his wise words will no doubt have inspired many of those pupils present to aspire for further success over the coming years. Well done also to each of those pupils whose achievements were recognised at this year’s event; the School now looks forward to celebrating further Junior School successes, for the academic year 2019/2020, this time next year.