The British School of Kuwait celebrated its Jade Anniversary, thirty five years at the forefront of British education, when parents and dignitaries gathered in the magnificent splendour of the Futouh Ballroom at the Regency Hotel to laud the many wonderful achievements which the past academic year has brought.
BSK was privileged to have HE Dr Nayef Al Hajraf, Minister of Education and Higher Education, as patron for this most glittering occasion in the school calendar. Guests also included HE Sheikh Mubarak Al Sabah, Undersecretary for Protocol Affairs Amiri Diwan, who presented the Creative Arts Award to Savitri Butterworth, Mr Mohammed Abdullah Al-Dahes, Director of Administration at the Ministry of Private Education, who presented the Council of International Schools Award to Osama Salim; HE the British Ambassador Frank Baker as well as a host of ambassadors, diplomats and VIPs.
BSK Chairman, Sadiq Al-Mutawa, welcomed the graduates of the class of 2013 and urged them to continue their great efforts as they set out to take up places in universities and colleges throughout the world.
Following the presentation of Diplomas of Graduation by HE Dr Al Hajraf prizes were awarded to the top students in Years 11, 12 and 13. The much coveted Founder’s Award went to Ankita Handa with sister Ishita Handa receiving the Leadership Award from HE the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, Ambassador of Senegal, Abdullahed Mbacke.
Guest Speaker Dr Al Hajraf opened his presentation with a call for a minute’s silence in tribute to the late Baroness Thatcher, former British Prime Minister and great friend to Kuwait. Minister Hajraf referred to the many great traits displayed by Lady Thatcher and what a fine role model she would make for the BSK graduates. He spoke very warmly about the breath and standard of education which their parents had chosen for them by sending them to BSK and he concluded his remarks with three questions for the graduates: Where did they see themselves going? Where would they be in five years’ time and how were they going to get there?
Guest Speaker Ambassador Baker developed this theme by referring to the great courage and leadership shown by Lady Thatcher in all her endeavours. She never gave up but persevered through thick and thin, he stated.
In reply, the BSK Principal, Paul Shropshire, delivered his state of the school address which included the results of the recent accreditation inspection when three teams of inspectors representing the Kuwait Ministry of Education, the British Schools in the Middle East and the British Schools Overseas judged BSK to have the highest rating of any school in Kuwait.
The evening was not just about academic excellence. Achievement in the creative arts was also celebrated. Guests were treated to a series of musical treats from the BSK String Orchestra, ConArco (Palladio by Jenkins) chamber group Moderato (Lady Gaga Fugue) and senior choir, Cantabene (You Raise Me Up).
Head students Holly Shropshire and Fady Assaad brought the evening to a close with a vote of thanks to the Founder, Mme Vera Al-Mutawa and the Festival of Achievement and Graduation Ceremony 2013 came to a rousing finale with a salute to the parents and staff of The British School of Kuwait.
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