St John's College

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Speech Day at the Linder Auditorium, Wits

St John’s College celebrated Speech Day at the Linder Auditorium on 15 October, always a highlight on the College academic calendar.

Speech Day is a glorious evening where we celebrate and recognise our prize winners, dedicated staff adorned in their academic splendour and supportive parents.

Andrew Raney (UV, Nash) performed The Man I Love and I got Rhythm by Gershwin before Mr Paul Edey’s final Speech Day address.

Mr Paul Edey expressed the great privilege and honour it has been to serve as the 15th Headmaster at St John’s College. “It has not always been an easy ride, but I sincerely hope that St John’s has emerged a more reflective community. One that remains determined to produce young men and women committed to making a difference in the world, a world of uncertainty and bewilderment,” he said. In closing, Mr Edey and Mr Lees, Prep Head, regaled us with the Frank Sinatra classic My Way ... their way. Mr Edey will be retiring at the end of this year and Mr Patrick Lees will be leaving us to head up Pridwin School at the end of the Easter Term.

Jack Montgomery, Head of School, and Prof Jon Patricios, Chairman of Council, also addressed the audience while Max Milella (UV, Fleming) entertained with a performance of Lucky’s speech from Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett.

Mrs Sue Edey conferred the prizes, and we would like to congratulate all our students who achieved in their subjects and disciplines, and those who received individual awards. The Heads of Houses for 2020, Custos and Student Representative Prefects were announced.

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Dux Scholars Andrew Raney and Gregory Basslian with the Peter Baker Prize
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Cameron Fullerton and Matthew de la Rey, the recipients of the Heamdasters' Trophy

For a full list of all the achievements, please click here.

For more photographs from this momentous occasion, click here.