This year’s prestigious Prizegiving ceremony was held on Thursday 12th September at Sage Gateshead.

The evening event provided the opportunity to recognise and celebrate the girls’ academic achievements from 2018 – 2019 as well as for Mr Tippett, to report on the previous academic year.

Throughout his report, Mr Tippett focused on the benefits of an all-girl education, explaining that the success of NHSG is due to its complete dedication to the education of girls and highlighting that the School’s facilities, curriculum, pedagogy, co-curriculum and pastoral programmes are built solely around the needs of girls.

He added: “Underpinning this is the NHSG ethos, our unique whole school culture which respects, nurtures, challenges and empowers girls.
“It’s all of this together that gives NHSG girls that ‘certain something’ that many recognise as confidence. We work to build every girl’s self-esteem – to give her that unshakeable inner belief that she can learn without limits.

“Over the course of our history, thousands of girls have benefited from the ethos surrounding an all-girl education and have grown into amazing women who have shaped their own world and the world around them for the better.”

These points were very much in evidence later in the proceedings when the Guest Speaker, Central High Alumna and former Head Girl, Olivia Potts took to the stage. After leaving School in 2006, Olivia went to Cambridge to read English Literature, and was one of the few women to be elected president of the Cambridge Union. She studied Law in London and was called to the Bar in 2011. However in 2016, in pursuit of happiness, she changed direction and took up a career in the food industry. She is now a celebrated food writer and this summer launched her first book A Half Baked Idea.

She gave an inspiring and rousing address which reflected the NHSG ethos in her conclusion. Talking to the girls, she said: “You are brilliant, you are the next generation of leaders, you are the future, you hold the world in the palm of your hand.”

The evening was rounded up brilliantly by Head Girl, Katie Dixon, who delivered a word perfect and heartfelt vote of thanks to Olivia. As we said our final farewells to last year’s Year 13, we did so safe in the knowledge that they remain within the NHSG and GDST family as Alumnae and look forward to catching up with them soon.

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