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Speech Night 2023

Ask not what your school can do for you. Instead, ask what you can do for your school.

At 7:30 pm, The Reverend Canon Myles Davies welcomed the College community to the Cathedral.

Then Dan Bishop played the National Anthem whilst the Platform Party entered. Here, for the first time in 71 years, we sang God Save The King

After a welcome from the Chairman of the Governing Body, Mrs M Mason, the Principal made his speech. The core message was that with such a large and diverse community comprising of pupils, staff, alumni, parents and many others, it's not good enough for the many to rely upon the few; we must all pull together, or as President Kennedy almost said "Ask not what your school can do for you. Instead, ask what you can do for your school."

(You can download The Principal's speech, here.)

Following the Principal, we enjoyed a Musical Interlude. BPM and Voices entertained the audience by performing a medley of songs from Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd-Webber. With a drum kit, organ, and electric guitar in addition to the usual brass and strings, the talented singers brought the pieces to life, especially as some of the high notes reverberated around the Cathedral.

Tradition followed with The Latin Oration performed by Ethan Field (Head Boy) and Isabella Hughes (Head Girl). For once, somebody's name mentioned in the oration could be directly translated into Latin:

vivat Vulpes, fortunate Vulpes - Long live Mr Fox! The happy Mr Fox.

Our principal Guest was Mr Curtis Robb (Lerpoolian). Mr Robb is a former British middle-distance runner who competed at two consecutive Summer Olympics for Great Britain in 1992 and 1996. Nowadays, Mr Robb is a consultant Orthopaedic Knee Surgeon, specialising in all aspects of knee surgery and treatments.

In his from-the-heart speech, Mr Robb alluded to the Principal's address, recalling how, when at school, he watched prize winners ascending the platform to applause for their achievements, and this inspired him to strive that bit harder in his school life and to contribute to the community as fully as possible.

This ethos carried over to his sport. With fond memories of running around Sefton Park, his first success came when he was selected to run in the County trials. Whilst coming 76th in the race, Curtis could face the world, knowing he had put his all into it. There were no regrets that he'd not tried his hardest. This attention to detail and preparation served him well in his racing years.

Following a vote of thanks from both the Head Boy and Head Girl, the audience was once again treated to a Musical Interlude. In a highly entertaining performance, the Liverpool College Chamber Choir performed Goodnight Sweetheart by Calvin Carter & James Hudson, a cappella in a funky "doo-wap" style.

The evening closed with a rousing rendition of The School Song.

Floreas, Collegium!


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