Head of Newnham College, Cambridge, presents prizes awards at Norwich High School for Girls ceremony

Headteacher Jason Morrow speaking at the Norwich High prize giving

Headteacher Jason Morrow speaking at the Norwich High prize giving - Credit: Archant

More than 400 prizes were presented to students at Norwich High School for their academic, sporting and musical achievements during the school's annual prizegiving

The event took place in St Andrew's Hall, Norwich, on Friday, with scores of students taking to the stage to collect their awards, to applause from hundreds of parents, school staff and governors.

Professor Dame Carol Black, principal of Newnham College, Cambridge, presented the prizes and certificates.

During her address, Dame Carol, former president of the Royal College of Physicians, told of the many turns in her life which led her into a career in medicine.

She said: 'As you go through life, be brave. You can put off some things and try some new paths. It's from my experience, and something I encourage in my students at Newnham, to go for it, to aspire, to have confidence and believe that you can do well.'

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Students in years throughout the senior school received awards for academic excellence and endeavour, contribution to school life, achievements in individual subjects and sports, and completing of assessments by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and the Duke of Edinburgh's Award at Gold level.

The girls who sat their A-level and GCSEs this summer were also invited to collect their certificates.

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Headmaster Jason Morrow said: 'Thanks to the new Pope – Pope Francis – I have taken some time to learn about Francis of Assisi and I think he has a helpful sentiment for this occasion, not least because it also captures better than I ever could something of what I think makes the school and girls so inspiring to work with: 'Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.''

Head girl Emma Venier gave a vote of thanks, explaining that the event provided just a taste of the daily achievements of the students.

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