Bonita Norris stars at St Crispin's prize givingBy Jon Nurse
July 24, 2012
A departing headteacher and a Mount Everest record-breaker offered wise words to pupils at a school’s annual prize-giving evening.
Pupils picked up awards for academic, sporting and artistic achievements at St Crispin’s School’s presentation evening on Thursday, June 28.
Presenting the awards this year was Bonita Norris, the youngest British woman to climb Mount Everest.
And, after 20 years as headteacher at St Crispin’s, in London Road, and retiring at the end of the summer term, Alex Biddle gave his final address to pupils and parents.
Mr Biddle said: “You have given me some of the happiest days of my life – your energy, talent, youthful exuberance and simply being what you are, fantastic young people, has been energising.
“It is that I shall miss more than anything.”
The headteacher told the 400-strong audience that during his career he identified key elements vital to the education of young people.
He said: “Having a desire to succeed, allied to a positive attitude and a strong work ethic, will bring with it outstanding rewards.
“A further lesson is that only by being prepared to fail in the short term will longer term success be achieved.”
The school welcomed several guests, including Wokingham borough mayor Councillor Bob Wyatt, consort Julie Wyatt, Wokingham Town mayor Cllr Peter Lucey and mayoress Elaine White.
Former Holt Schoolgirl Bonita presented pupils with their awards and explained her recipe for success.
Using her first failed mountaineering experience as an example, she told pupils it was necessary to develop positive attitudes to keep them going through the times of failure they will face in perusing their own goals.