Yesterday evening (Thursday 5 January 2023), we had the privilege of celebrating the achievements of our current and past Key Stage 4 and 5 pupils in a special awards ceremony. We were honoured to have the Lord Mayor of Westminster, Hamza Taouzzale, as our guest of honour, alongside Councillor Tim Roca and several of our founding and current governors in attendance.
Mr Taouzzale, the youngest ever Lord Mayor for Westminster, was very encouraging to our students advising them to work hard and to enjoy all aspects of their school lives; mentioning that the world after Marylebone Boys' School and MBS Sixth Form will be a different and sometimes more challenging experience. He advised our students to take advantage of the many opportunities and different experiences on offer at our school as these might not be as available in the next phase of their lives.
It was a particularly poignant evening as we were able to celebrate the accomplishments of not just our current cohort of students, but also to welcome back students from previous years, after not being able to celebrate their achievements due to the pandemic. It was wonderful to see so many of our past students and catch up on their progress since leaving our school.
During the evening, a student from 2021 cohort expressed that he had particularly enjoyed catching up with his old friends and peers. There was a definite air of joy and celebration as over 300 people attended the evening. Many staff were delighted to see students who had been in their classes, with some students looking so different it was hard to recall them as young MBS students just a few years ago!
Certificates were also awarded to the current students in several subjects, and we would like to congratulate all our award winners for their efforts and diligence over the last few years. We encourage all our students to strive to reach their own potential and follow our motto - Studio Et Industria (through application and hard work) - to be the best versions of themselves in all facets of their school lives. The event was followed by a drinks and canapés gathering where the students, staff and parents enjoyed catching up and reconnecting with one another.
We were delighted to have so many of the past students sign up to the MBS Alumni Society. The alumni form an important part of our school, passing on advice and experiences of university, apprenticeships, gap years and the world of work to our current students. We look forward to keeping in touch more closely over the next few months.
Thank you to all who attended, it was lovely to see our school community together and celebrate our pupils fantastic achievements!