We were delighted to welcome Priyanga Burford as Guest Speaker at our unusual Prizegiving this year. Due to Covid-19, Prizegiving was unable to go ahead in our usual venue at G Live; instead we held a virtual Prizegiving and created a pre-recorded video for staff, pupils and parents to watch. The theme for this year’s Prizegiving was the need to be adaptable and agile as individuals and as a community and Priyanga’s life and career experiences epitomise this idea entirely.
Priyanga is a successful actor, writer and director – many of you will recognise her from a wealth of film, TV and theatre appearances. Amongst many roles, she appeared on our small screens recently in the BBC series ‘Press’. On stage, she has played Hermione in The Globe Theatre’s production of ‘The Winter’s Tale’ and if you are a Star Wars fan, Priyanga played a Resistance Medical Officer in the 2017 film ‘Episode 8: The Last Jedi’.
All of these credentials would be reason enough for GHS to welcome Priyanga as our Guest Speaker, but Priyanga is ‘one of our own’– she was, in fact, Head Girl at Guildford High School in 1990. We were thrilled to welcome Priyanga back to school to record her address, where she joined us to the celebrate many successes of our talented pupils.
Ms Ashley Fenton