Stradbroke High School is "a small school that punches way above its weight"!

At our annual awards evening last night, author and Sunday Times columnist India Knight described Stradbroke High School as "a small school that punches way above its weight". 

In front of an audience of families, staff, governors and pupils, Ms Knight, who says she moved her family from London to come and be near this school, presented all the evening’s awards and commented that pupils “are being given every educational advantage and just as importantly…being taught how to be amazing, confident, likeable, compassionate human beings”. 

After describing her own experiences at school and how the exponential growth of social media has changed people’s lives, Ms Knight commented on the brilliant education pupils are receiving at Stradbroke and how education; “ is the answer to fears about the world being too huge in one way and weirdly small in another. Education will help you find your place in the world, whatever size it is”.

Vice Chairman of governors Brian Goffee and Head of School John Axtell reiterated the importance of believing in yourself in order to achieve your full potential.

In impressing upon the students in the packed sports hall how important it is to have aspirations and work hard to achieve them, Ms Knight added that; “ If you simply aspire in your heart to living your life happily and well, and to being in control of your own destiny, then that is what will happen.” She added that as a young teenager she realised that; “the meaning of life is being aware of your own agency. Your agency means your own power to change the world, even in a small way, every day just by being you and doing the things you do. Just by being fantastic you.”

Mr Williams and the orchestra entertained the audience with a few lively and upbeat renditions.

Head Boy Marty Gionis and Head Girl Skye Lintott each gave an impressive and heartfelt address commending the ethos of the school and the attitude towards achievement of all the pupils, before thanking India Knight for her motivating and inspiring keynote address.

Assistant Headteacher Mrs Millar introduced all the award winners and explained the categories of outstanding achievement pupils were being recognised for.

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