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Greig City Academy students among Haringey high-achievers vying for Jack Petchey achievement award

PUBLISHED: 18:56 25 September 2018

Greig City Academy student Abubakar Sheikh has been nominated for a Haringey Jack Petchey Foundation achievement award. Photo by Greig City Academy

Greig City Academy student Abubakar Sheikh has been nominated for a Haringey Jack Petchey Foundation achievement award. Photo by Greig City Academy

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A pair of Greig City Academy students are among a talented crop of Haringey high-achievers vying for an annual award from the Jack Petchey Foundation.

Greig City Academy student Sheeba Sheik Chand has been nominated for a Haringey Jack Petchey Foundation achievement award. Photo by Greig City AcademyGreig City Academy student Sheeba Sheik Chand has been nominated for a Haringey Jack Petchey Foundation achievement award. Photo by Greig City Academy

Sheeba Sheik Chand and Abubakar Sheikh are up for the charity’s achievement award, with a ceremony taking place tomorrow (Wednesday) to champion the borough’s talented youngsters.

As well as attending the finals at the Bernie Arts Centre, nominees received a £250 grant from the foundation.

12-year-old Sheeba, who is a member of the school’s girls’ robotics team that competed successfully in the national finals, is spending her grant on a new boombox and charger for the dance troupe to take to outside events.

“Sheeba goes from strength to strength,” said vice-principal David Hearn.

“In the summer term, she was part of a team of students who trained teachers from 12 primary schools in robotics programming.

“She facilitated workshops and competitions with the teachers and groups of primary pupils all of whom praised her skill, attention to detail and enthusiasm.”

While Abubakar is described as having “a thirst for learning” and an ability to get on with everybody.

Daniel Knappert, who is head of design and technology at the school, said: “Our Greenpower e-car racing programme has been a key element of the academy’s STEM offer for the last four years.

“I am pleased that Abubakar continues to support our younger students as they get involved – they very much appreciate his guidance.”

Abubakar decided to spend his grant on a new equipment for Formula 24 racing.

For more information on the ceremony, which kicks off at 7.30pm, visit jackpetcheyfoundation.org.uk.

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