19th September 2017 — We welcomed back our recent year 13 leavers to congratulate them before they begin their journey into either higher education, employment and gap years.
Prizes, GCSE, AS and A Level Certificates were presented by our guest speaker, Rachel Parris to students from year 10 through to year 13. Multi-talented Rachel is an award-winning musical comedian, actress and improviser.
After leaving LHS in 2002, she studied Music at Oxford University before going on to train at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Rachel revealed she was never mischievous at school or ever the class clown, told us that after leaving university, she didn’t have any aspirations to become a comedian, but her career led her down that path and she discovered that she absolutely loved it!
She has appeared on Channel 4’s The IT Crowd and in BBC Three’s Murder in Successville, and presented Thronecast on Sky Atlantic. She also hosts the popular Throneroom podcast. Rachel was named The Independent’s One To Watch 2014, and was nominated for a Chortle award. She has recently returned from Edinburgh Fringe with her successful solo show ‘Keynote’. Ironically the inspiration for her show was derived from being asked to return to her old school to speak at Prize Giving!
At the real prize giving event, Rachel’s speech was extremely funny as she entertained us with extracts from her show, and even performed a motivational song ‘You’ll be Fine’ with a mash-up of a slightly different version of the school hymn! Definitely a first for prize giving! However, despite the hilarity, Rachel’s underlying message to the students, especially those going off to university, was a wise one. Qualified from her own experience, she reassured them that following your dreams is not always necessarily the right path for everybody and they shouldn’t stick to them rigidly, there is more to discover in the world, so explore other options as you never know where it might lead you.