Elizabeth College Prize Giving 2014

Elizabeth College recently celebrated another successful year of student achievement and excellence in all areas with its annual prize giving at St. James.

Prizes were presented by guest speaker, John Walpole, OE 8598. Having enjoyed an international career working for global giants such as Microsoft, John now lives in San Francisco where he has spent the last few years working at Twitter, leading key programs & initiatives on their infrastructure engineering team.

His key message to students was ‘You Can Do It!’ echoing the three Cs: community, change and character that Principal George Hartley highlighted during his introduction to the evening.

In a departure from the usual format both speakers used multimedia clips to highlight their key messages; John using The Adaptive World and The Twitter World Cup while Mr Hartley referred to the work of Karl Fisch and Scott McLeod and their video, ‘Shift Happens’.

The highlight of the evening was a live link to Twitter HQ in San Francisco with John Walpole and Year 11 student Elliott Cockett fixing a coding problem online and in real time resulting in Elizabeth College taking over the official Twitter welcome page, albeit momentarily!

George Hartley also used the occasion to thank John for his generous financial donation towards IT teaching at Elizabeth College, in particular the new Computer Science A Level which Elizabeth College are currently the only school in the Channel Islands to offer.

Finally, following the theme of the evening, the evening concluded with the setting up the Elizabeth College Twitter account, @Eliz_Coll The account will be used as a way of keeping parents, students, OEs and the wider community aware of important events, latest sports results, trips and other news.

By the end of the evening the tweets were already coming in, just proving how adaptive to the new digital world Elizabeth College students and OEs are.

To read the Principal’s speech in full, please follow the link: Principal’s Prize Giving Address 2014

Guernsey Press Elizabeth College Prize Giving article: GPNews-PrizeGivingReport-13Sep14