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Walking with the Wounded speaker inspires Bungay pupils

PUBLISHED: 07:00 25 December 2014

Isabel Cuffe presenting the cheque for Walking for the Wounded to Fergus Williams.

Isabel Cuffe presenting the cheque for Walking for the Wounded to Fergus Williams.

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At the annual presentation evening at Bungay High School guest speaker Fergus Williams, of the "Walking with the Wounded" charity, urged students to set goals and work towards them with determination.

Some of the musicians from Bungay High School who played at the school's award presentation evening.Some of the musicians from Bungay High School who played at the school's award presentation evening.

He spoke of the challenges 
faced by the team of ex-service personnel amputees who walked to the South Pole in 2014 accompanied by Prince Harry.

Mr Williams explained that they 
had reached for a seemingly impossible goal and managed to reach it because of their determination and courage.

He said that students should not be afraid to set their sights high because anything can be achieved with determination.

His speech reflected the school’s ethos of “opportunity, aspiration and excellence for all.”

Chair of governors, Zoe Sprake, highlighted the many successes of the past year while headteacher Angelo Goduti spoke of the past history of the school and the fantastic achievements of the current students.

Mr Williams presented a range of awards to past and present students which recognised academic success, sporting achievement, artistic achievement and community contribution.

At the end of the evening, chair of the school council, Isabel Cuffe, presented Mr Williams with a cheque for £500 which had been raised by students on a non-uniform day.

The Walking with the Wounded charity aims to offer rehabilitation and training opportunities to injured ex-service personnel in order to enable them to gain employment in civilian life.

Book Mastermind is played at with great enthusiasm at Bungay High School every year in the last few weeks of term leading up to Christmas.

Participating students answer 20 questions in a two minute time frame on a fiction book of their choice sat in the associate head’s Mastermind black leather chair.

“We had a record number of 28 entrants this year which was whittled down through three heats to eight finalists.

“ The winner of the competition, Oliver Righton year 7, answered questions on The Vampire’s Assistant by Darren Shan and scored a magnificent 18 out of 20 with only one pass.

“The runner up was Amelia Frost-Warwick who played well scoring 18 out of 20 also but made two passes, thus losing by the slenderest of margins, one pass!” said associate head Catherine Wiltshire.

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