Bloomfield Collegiate’s Prize Day is a terrific opportunity to celebrate the life of the School and publicly reward our pupils’ achievements. The event began with the Chamber Choir’s beautiful rendition of “Praise My Soul, The Kingdom of Heaven”.
After the Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast, Peter McReynolds, welcomed the guest speaker and spoke of the importance of breaking down barriers, Bloomfield’s Principal described some of the wonderful activities in School.
Mr Greer referred to our “talented and engaged pupils” and, for example, the tremendous success of the Dance Teams, the Young Enterprise Team winning the company of year in Northern Ireland, the public speakers, and the achievements of various sport teams. The long list of activities demonstrated the wonderful vibrancy of the School. He also encouraged parents to read the School Magazine to gain a greater insight into the huge range of events in Bloomfield.
During the distribution of prizes, The Principal’s Prize (for attainment at GCSE) was presented to Sophie S for attaining 10 A*/A grades and her commitment to the School. The top KS3 prize, The All-Rounder Cup, was awarded to Martha McK. She also received The Joan Lingard Cup for story writing. The Senior Athletics Cup went to Nadia B for her contribution to sport throughout school. Finally, The Gray Leaving Prize (for outstanding achievement at A Level) was collected by Chloe G.
For the Musical interlude, The Chamber Choir performed Billie Eilish’s “Ocean Eyes” – a pop ballad about love and longing. The soprano, Steffi M, was particularly commendable. This was followed by Clara R’s brilliant rendition of “Demelza”. Her horn solo had the audience mesmerised.
Ms Heather Smart MBE
Our Chief Guest, the first female firefighter in Northern Ireland, described her experiences in Bloomfield, recalling how she volunteered for the National Fire Brigade Competition. Her team grew in confidence through the regional heats and then competed in the last round in London. Ms Smart remembered the excitement and joy she felt when they won! The story of the all-girl team’s victory was broadcast around the UK and they were described as “trailblazers” by the media.
She then described the hostility she faced during her training to become a firefighter, reminding the pupils the importance of breaking through the barriers and finding your own voice in whatever career path you choose to follow.
At the end of Ms Smart’s lively and engaging address, she encouraged the pupils to use their imagination and offered some advice: do not be afraid to be the first; believe in yourselves; do not be afraid of failure; admit your mistakes – it is a sign of wisdom; and be prepared to argue your case!