Around 800 people attended this year’s Prize Day, in the Wykeham Hall, which was resplendent with floral decorations and glittering cups and awards, marking the formal end to the 2017-18 academic year. Council members, parents and friends were treated to performances from the College Orchestra, the Preparatory School Chamber Choir and Orchestra and a wonderful rendition of ‘Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23’ by Chopin, played by this year’s winner of the piano soloists final, Ji Hoon Lee (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, congratulated the Master, Alan Stevens, and the College’s staff on their admission to HMC membership in June, explaining that this prestigious association represented the world’s leading independent schools and MCM was now one of only 59 international members. He outlined how proactive the governing Council had been this year and how it would continue to evolve in the coming year with clear targets for its work and a drive to recruit new members of Council – particularly females – to contribute to the strategic development of the College. He also thanked the leaving beaks and the Master’s PA, who is a founding member of staff, for their service to the College.
The Master then delivered his Prize Day speech which included highlights of his first year as Master of MCM, together with his plans for the future.
Tig Mooney announced the Preparatory School prize-winners and Mark McVeigh those from the Senior School.
The highlight of the morning was the reply by three of the Senior Prefects, who provided a heartfelt, inspiring and emotional conclusion to the proceedings.
Refreshments were then served in the Prep School dining area during which guests had the opportunity to enjoy some of the artwork produced by the College’s talented IGCSE and IB Art and Design pupils. A Parents v Beaks cricket match provided a wonderful way to bring to the end another very successful school year.
The Master and Council wish everyone a happy and relaxing summer break.