The Founder’s Celebration Evening took place on Wednesday 26 June to mark the completion of study by our Upper Sixth boys. On a balmy summer’s evening, the boys and their families enjoyed House farewells, drinks and canapés on the croquet lawn behind Aldenham House, followed by speeches and prize-giving in the Bourne Hall.
After a formal procession into the Hall, the Headmaster, Mr Gus Lock (OH 1994), addressed the audience expressing the warmest of good wishes, and congratulating the boys on all their achievements during their school careers, as well as acknowledging the contributions of their supportive families and teachers. His choice of the prose poem 'Desiderata' by Max Ehrmann with which to end his speech, succinctly exhorted all to live happy and fulfilled lives.
Prizes and commendations were then awarded by the Headmaster, the Senior Deputy Head Mr John Maguire, and the guest speaker, Dr Saqib Qureshi with all the boys finally going up onto the stage to receive a special Habs’ Graduation Tie.
Our guest speaker, Dr Saqib Qureshi (OH 1992) who had flown in especially from Toronto to be here then provided an excellent, humorous and thought-provoking speech to the boys, drawing inspiration from his own experiences at the School and his career while dwelling especially on the subject of gratitude and humility.
2019 School Captain, Tamilore Awosile, offered the vote of thanks to Dr Qureshi and spoke eloquently about the journey he and his peers had embarked on whilst at Habs. Another thoroughly uplifting speech of the sort we had grown used to over the year from Tamilore. The School wishes him all good fortune as he goes on to study at Stanford University in the US.
Mr Roger Llewellyn (OH 1983), Director of the HABS Foundation, provided the final farewell to all. He reflected on his own time with the Class of 2019 and their unique sense of humour, explained what it means to be an Old Haberdasher and reminded all of the importance of philanthropy in the history of the School, while encouraging all to keep in touch.
The evening was then rounded off (as each School Term is at Habs) by a rousing rendition of Jerusalem.
Following the ceremony, the boys continued celebrating their successes and achievements with family, friends and teachers. It was a delightful Haberdashers’ evening; a wonderful occasion!
We look forward to hearing of many more achievements from the Class of 2019, and to welcoming them back to the School for their first reunion on the evening of Wednesday 18 December.
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