Farlington School held its last ‘prep prize giving’ ceremony with Mrs Joy Baggs, prep school headmistress, ahead of her retirement at the end of the academic year. Farlington was also joined at the event, which took place on Wednesday 2nd July, by cellist and conductor Julian Lloyd Webber.
Mr Lloyd Webber spoke to the packed audience, before answering a series of questions posed by the prep pupils. The subject matter ranged hugely and included questions such as “What did Julian listen to in the car whilst driving?” and “Did he get on with his brother Andrew?” Silence, it transpired, for the former, as he is surrounded by music all day. For the latter, the answer was a definitive “yes”.
Nonetheless, Joy Baggs very much took centre stage. Her speech discussed the school’s successes and experiences in the past 12 months. Other teaching staff, including senior school headmistress Ms Louise Higson, all offered accolades and best wishes to their retiring colleague.
The afternoon’s proceedings were rounded off – in keeping with Farlington tradition and its guest speaker – by a wide range of music from the girls themselves.