The memorable Speech Night on Thursday 17th October 2013 celebrated students’ achievements throughout the academic year 2012-2013. Nathaniel Peat, CEO and Co-founder of Gennex, was the guest of honour and delivered a dynamic and inspirational keynote speech.
“It is not about affluence,” said Nathaniel, “it is about influence.” Faithful to his motto, at the age of 25 Nathaniel founded The Safety Box – a non-profit organization that seeks to help young, vulnerable people and foster academic achievement. Nathaniel is also co-founder of Gennex, a company that provides renewable energy products to middle and low-income communities.
Nathaniel shared with the students his own struggles with not achieving sufficient passing GCSE examination grades as a young man. He confided how discipline and faith in God helped him overturn the initial setbacks and to obtain a Degree in Mechanical Engineering. This work ethic eventually led him to become the first double award winner of the Enterprising Young Brits Awards, and to be listed on the Courvoisier Observers Future 500 Next Generation List, among other national and international recognitions. Nathaniel encouraged the students to aim high in their life journey and not to allow challenges to stop them.
In her annual report, the Head Teacher, Mrs Dixon, pointed out Stanborough’s strong academic results at KS3+ and GCSE, with 100% of students achieving A*- C grades in Art, Physics, French, Spanish, and Music, 85% in Maths, and 83% in Biology and Chemistry. Mrs Dixon also commended the spiritual development of Stanborough students through their involvement in activities such as “Community Service Day” and the annual Humanitarian trip to India.
The Stanborough Secondary School Choir, conducted by Miss Ji Eun Ahn, beautifully performed “You Raise Me Up” (by Secret Garden), while the music ensemble delighted the audience with “Memory” (by Andrew Lloyd Webber & Trevor Nunn). The voice of the students was represented by the Head Boy, Caleb Thompson, who closed the evening with a wholehearted vote of thanks to all teachers and staff members.