The start of the annual Prize Day was delayed by a combination of a spectacular tropical storm and the necessity to find additional chairs to accommodate a much larger than expected audience.
Around 850 people were present in the newly opened Wykeham Hall. The Master and College Council entered to ‘Fanfare in F’ which had been written by Ji Hoon Lee (Hundred) for the Master. The assembled multitude were then privileged to hear performances from the College Orchestra, the Preparatory School Chamber Choir and Orchestra and a wonderful rendition of ‘Automne’ by Cecile Chaminade, played by the winner of the piano soloists final, Dayini Kamarul Baharin (Lower Sixth) .
The College Chaplain, the Archdeacon of Johor Bahru, Reverend Edward John gave an opening prayer which was followed by a recital and Doa by Riaz Jamadar. The Chairman of Council, Tunku Ali Redhauddin ibni Tuanku Muhriz thanked those associated with the building of Wykeham Hall and all the College support staff for their excellent work. He made reference to the outstanding efforts of the Admissions Department and thanked a number of senior leavers for their contribution to the development of the College. He reminded the audience that the departing Master had taught him chemistry in the Remove in 1991-92 and thanked Mr and Mrs Pick for their service to Marlborough.
The Master then delivered his final Prize Day speech which included a theme based on tips for living a fulfilled and happy life. He finished by thanking his wife, Ali, saying he would not have been able to achieve success at the College without her constant support, commitment and encouragement.
The highlight of the morning was the presentation of prizes to the pupils. Tig Mooney announced the Preparatory School winners and Mark McVeigh those from the Senior School. Refreshments were then served in the new dining area with a fabulous surprise performance of ‘So Long, Farewell’ from some of the Prep School pupils to round off a wonderful occasion at the end of another very successful school year. The summer holidays had arrived!