On Thursday, 15th October the Inst Community gathered to celebrate whole school Prize Distribution. This is the first time in many years that the Junior and Senior schools have come together to celebrate the academic achievements of all pupils and reflect on another year of ‘Excellence and Participation’. And there was much to celebrate.
The theme for this year’s celebrations was Instonians in Medicine so the Visitor of the Day, Professor H. A. Crockard, D Sc (Belf) FRCS (RBAI 1954-60), distinguished Neurosurgeon and Old Boy of Inst, was the perfect speaker to address the assembled parents, governors, pupils, staff and their guests.
Head of School Simon Woods greeted Professor Crockard,D Sc (Belf) FRCS, Visitor of the Day.
Professor Crockard spoke fondly of his own time at Inst, recalling winning the text, ‘Microbes and Men’ as a prize at his own distribution, a book he still has and one which has been profoundly influential to him; this was only one of many legacies he has received from Inst. The Professor made the most of the variety of opportunities an education at Inst afforded him; throughout his time at school he was a musician, rugby player and academic and he celebrated the breadth of the education he received here.
The Principal, Miss Williamson, with Professor Crockard and Simon Woods.
The distinguished guest reminded his audience of the link between medicine in Northern Ireland and Inst; the first medical school in Ulster; over five hundred doctors were trained at Inst between 1835 and 1849. In this period, Inst ran its own teaching hospital, the Royal Institution Hospital in Barrack Street, sometimes known as the College Hospital. Professor Crockard encouraged current pupils to think about a career in medicine.
Mr Colin Gowdy, Chairman of the Board of Governors, Mrs Gowdy, Mrs Crockard and Professor Crockard.
The achievements of many boys were celebrated throughout the course of the afternoon, both academic and extra-curricular. This was a wonderful occasion which will motivate and inspire all pupils to strive to achieve their dreams; it was made all the more special by the number of Year 14 leavers returning to be presented with their prizes.
The prefect team were polished to perfection.
The prefects ready to meet and greet guests.
Head of School Simon Woods with his very proud mum.
Ross Murphy was congratulated by his mum.
Jacob Baird, Cameron Hilditch and Ross Murphy were all presented with prizes.
Theo Millar, who achieved 10 Astar and 2 A grades at GCSE won a host of prizes and is accompanied by his very proud family!
Daragh Patterson, accompanied by his brother, father and grandfather, celebrated winning a prize.