A young student impressed VIPs with her speech at her school’s awards ceremony.
The honour fell to head pupil Isobel Pelling, official school title Senior Grecian, when dignitaries from the City of London visited Christ’s Hospital school at Horsham for its speech day. The school welcomed Right Honourable the Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman the Lord Mountevans and the Mayoral party who joined more than 800 guests for the annual ceremonial occasion.
Alderman the Lord Mountevans presented prizes and awards to senior pupils, recognising
academic achievement, leadership, international relations, outward bound activities and
creative writing. He also gave a response to Isobel’s oration.
Earlier in the day visitors had to dodge the showers as they watched the March Past by the
School’s 880 pupils to the accompaniment of the band.
Head Master John Franklin said: “At the Prize Giving ceremony in the afternoon, the highlight was the oration given by the Senior Grecian Isobel Pelling and the response of The Right Honourable the Lord Mayor to Isobel’s speech.”
The Lady Mayoress was presented with a posy of flowers.The day finished with a buffet lunch and an opportunity for visitors to see the Year 13 ‘Grecians’ Art Exhibition.
When Christ’s Hospital was founded in 1552, it was the Lord Mayor of the day, Sir Richard
Dobbs, who gathered a committee of thirty to raise money following Edward VI’s move to
establish Christ’s Hospital in London to house, feed and educate needy children. The School
moved to Horsham in 1902.