Prizegiving at Sage Gateshead on Thursday 17th September was our opportunity to congratulate the girls formally on their academic achievements and it was wonderful that so many girls walked across the stage to collect such an impressive array of awards and prizes.

The evening began with a spellbinding poetry reading by Rosie Davenport, (If I should have a daughter)! Accompanied by music and dance, Rosie’s delivery of the words of the poem touched a nerve with the whole audience and set the theme for this year’s Prizegiving – Resilience.

Throughout the evening there was a series of beautiful musical interludes and thank you must go to the NHSG Symphony Orchestra, NHSG Ceilidh Band, NHSG A Capella Group, the NHSG String Group, and also to Julia Lochmuller and Emma Moreby.

Pete Buchan, Chair of Governors, opened the speeches and Mrs French gave her Headmistresses’ report. She reflected on the many achievements of our first year as Newcastle High School for Girls and looked forward to our plans for the future. During her speech she launched our new SELFIE programme which is integrated within our Pastoral Care system. The need for girls to have emotional resilience has never been more important and this is a theme that we will continue to focus on throughout 2015/16.

She also called on parents, alumnae and businesses to support the school in creating girls who are equipped with the skills to be work ready.

Following her speech, Baroness King of Bow was invited to speak. The epitome of a strong woman, she talked on the challenges she had faced in her life both personal and professional, and she really focused on gender equality. She called on the girls to follow their passions.

Ultimately, however, the evening was about celebrating the academic successes of the girls. We are very proud of each and every one of them.