On the evening of the 13th September, The Mintridge Foundation had the pleasure of attending the Vyners School Awards Evening, with James Golding. It was an evening full of praise and celebration for all the hard work the students had been doing throughout the previous academic year.
The evening began with a welcoming reception in the headteacher’s office. We were greeted by numerous members of the current and previous teaching staff as well as other friends of the school. It was so great to hear how the school has developed since its opening in 1959. It was especially inspiring to hear those developments from the first ever headteacher who was also there to welcome us.
After a quick tour of the school, we began our evening. The hall was full of successful students receiving awards and their proud parents, all present to view the evening of celebrations ahead. The headteacher opened the evening with a welcome and thanks to those present and encouraged the students to go on and follow their dreams. This was followed by a wonderful saxophone quartet performed by the students at the school.
Shortly after the introduction, James gave a presentation and speech about his story and journey inside and outside of cycling. As an endurance cyclist and cancer survivor, it was no surprise that James’ speech was inspirational, and incredibly relevant when talking to the audience about the need to be resilient. James spoke a lot about the team and support network around him. This resonated very well with Vyners School and their proud sense of community and togetherness.
After the speech, James went on to present the awards to the students attending the evening. It was so good to see so many students being praised for their hard work and receiving numerous awards.
At the end of the evening the head boy and head girl gave an excellent note of thanks to draw the evening to a close. Some of the kind words were:
“James’ words resonated with me because he demonstrated our core values- community spirit, aspiration, respect and endeavour…We wish James the best of luck. We are grateful that he took time out of his evening to inspire us.”
After the evening had concluded, James was invited to meet the friends of the school and chat to parents and students. It was a fantastic opportunity for everyone to take photos and ask James about The Race Across America in 2020.
Overall it was an excellent evening of celebrations. Vyners School have all the photos and videos from the evening if you would like to see them.
Thank you to the headmaster, staff and friends of Vyners School for inviting James to your awards evening. We look forward to working with you again soon.