Speech Day

In 1954, Donald Woodhead decided to hold a Speech Day at the end of the school year. The venue chosen for the ceremony was the rebuilt Free Trade Hall, back in all its glory after significant war time damage. The first Speech Day was held on July 21st, 1954.

On that day the school assembled in the morning at the hall for a full rehersal of the event scheduled for that evening. At around noon the school was dismissed with instructions to return in time for a 7 p.m. start.  We gathered in the evening at the rear entrance to the Free Trade Hall.

Mr. Woodhead reported that, "the Hall was completely full apart from the balcony, and there was fine support from parents and old scholars."

Speech Day 1962 - A view of the stage

Speech Day 1962

Select a Speech Day from the list on the left.  Each one offers a program and the text of the speech that Donald Woodhead delivered.