Lord Patten is guest of honour at school’s prize-giving day
LORD Patten was guest of honour at the annual prize-giving ceremony at the Oratory Schoo
LORD Patten was guest of honour at the annual prize-giving ceremony at the Oratory School in Woodcote.
The former Conservative government minister and governor of Hong Kong, who oversaw the territory’s handover from Britain to China in 1997, told stories about his time in office before presenting the awards.
The 72-year-old began his career as MP for Bath and more recently served as a British member of the European Commission. He was honoured in 1998 and is currently the chancellor of the University of Oxford.
Tom Hennessy, acting headmaster of the independent Catholic boys’ school, said: “He told many amusing anecdotes but particularly emphasised to the boys the importance of being kind, courteous and humble and of putting something back into society as they progressed along their career paths.”
Staff members Paul Tomlinson, Pat Thomas and Ronnie Womersley were thanked for giving a combined total of more than 100 years’ service to the school.
After the ceremony, parents and pupils returned to their houses for drinks receptions while sixth-form leavers attended a benediction service and separate prize-giving in the school chapel.