This week, we held our first ever virtual Golden Lily Awards! The Golden Lily Awards recognise the outstanding work and contribution of girls in Year 12 and 13 in the areas of Art, Drama and Music.

This year, the awards were split over three presentations in Chapel, and first up was Art.

Congratulations to the following Artists:
Outstanding Artist, Year 12 - Nina - who accepted her award virtually
Contribution to Art, Year 12 - Zara
Outstanding Artist, Year 13 - Davina
Contribution to Art, Year 13 - Rosie B. - who also accepted her award virtually, thanking the teachers and the Year 7 girls who attend her Art Club.

Acting Director of Art, Mrs Owen, thanked all the Artists for their hard work and creativity, shared some highlights of the year and also thanked Miss Evans and Mr James for all their help and support this year. Well done to all! We look forward to sharing recent artwork completed by the girls in due course.

Director of Drama, Mr Ellis, took to the virtual stage and announced the 2020 Golden Lily Awards for Drama. The girls were praised for their enthusiasm, talent, motivation and, of course, superb performances - and were all online to 'accept' their awards! A rousing round of applause goes to:

Outstanding Actor, Year 12 - Fenella
Contribution to Drama, Year 12 - Isla
Outstanding Actor, Year 13 - Jolie 
Contribution to Drama, Year 13 - Amalie M

Mr Ellis also celebrated the highlights of the year, including the 'plucky' production of Made In Dagenham, curricular plays, the student-led Fresh Faces theatre company, trips and workshops, and finished with the announcement of the new Drama Ambassadors... Congratulations to all!

Finally, this morning, (21st May), Mr Chris Totney, Director of Keyboard Studies, presented the Golden Lily Music Awards. John Williams’ Flying Theme from the film ET was the very apt choice of introduction to the awards, marking the fact that today is Ascension Day. Mr Totney praised the girls for their dedication and hard work throughout a remarkably busy year. Highlights of the music calendar have included the Cecilia James’ Music Festival; the Company Shout; the Music Scholars’ Supper; the Calne Music & Arts Festival; the Autumn Concert; Faure’s Requiem Concert with Eton College at the Old Royal Naval College which raised in excess of £4,000 for military bursaries; the Carol Service; Christmas carol performances at local residential homes; the Fourth Form Music Festival and the Sir Bryn Terfel Song Prize. Unfortunately, the Spring Concert could not take place, however the girls did enjoy coming together and rehearsing for this.

Many congratulations to the following Musicians:

All-Round Contribution to Music and the Outstanding Musician, Year 12 – Lauren
Outstanding Musician, Year 13 – Shubha
All-Round Contribution to Music, Year 13 – Kirsten

The girls received their Awards virtually, thanking their teachers. Shubha expressed her gratitude to all of the teachers for ‘making music so special at Calne’ and stressed that, although the Spring Concert did not take place, the rehearsals had still made it a memorable and worthwhile experience for all of the Musicians and teachers.

Mr Totney concluded the Awards by thanking all of the Musicians and wishing the departing girls the very best for the future, encouraging them to keep in touch. The Group Ambassadors for the forthcoming academic year were then announced.  Well done to all of the girls!