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Refugee schoolchildren from Camden honoured in awards ceremony

PUBLISHED: 16:00 08 July 2013

Hampstead School student Alaia El-Akabi, 17, originally from Iraq, who gained 11 GCSEs, including two A*s and six As, with deputy mayor Lazzaro Pietragnoli. Picture: Camden Council

Hampstead School student Alaia El-Akabi, 17, originally from Iraq, who gained 11 GCSEs, including two A*s and six As, with deputy mayor Lazzaro Pietragnoli. Picture: Camden Council

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More than 100 refugee children who succeeded at school while adjusting to life in England were honoured at an awards ceremony in Parliament Hill.

Students from primary and secondary schools across Camden were recognised for their academic achievements as well as contributions in sport, the arts and the community.

Deputy mayor of Camden, Cllr Lazzaro Pietragnoli, presented certificates to schoolchildren at Parliament Hill School, in Highgate Road, at the 12th annual Refugee Pupils’ Achievement Awards ceremony last week.

The awards recognise youngsters who have kept up with their studies and have been involved in extra-curricular activities, while adjusting to life in a different country and learning a new language.

Cllr Pietragnoli said: “In spite of any difficulties, these students managed to achieve excellent academic results, to integrate in their school and to be supportive of their classmates.

“In a period when our society fails to recognise the positive contribution of refugees, immigrants and foreign workers, these young students really are a good example for everyone.”

The Parliament Hill School Jazz Band also performed at the event, attended by children, parents and teachers.

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