Gifted Camden youngsters and inspirational leaders celebrated at Jack Petchey Foundation awards
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Gifted youngsters from across Camden were celebrated at another inspiring Jack Petchey Foundation awards ceremony.
The awards do, which took place on Wednesday night at the Camden Centre, saw winners from Swiss Cottage School, William Ellis School, Camden School for Girls, Mariad Fidelis Convent School, La Sainte Union School, Acland Burghley School and Parliament Hill School.
Cllr Richard Cotton, Mayor of Camden: “This evening has been a wonderful night of celebrating the achievement of young people,” said Cllr Cotton.
“Two famous quotes come to mind after witnessing such a ceremony: ‘When we are dreaming alone it is only a dream. When we are dreaming with others, it is the beginning of reality’ by Hélder Câmara and ‘be the change that you wish to see in the world,’by Mahatma Gandhi.
“A big well done to all the winners who were recognised tonight and special thanks to the schools, teachers, parents, carers and the Jack Petchey Foundation for all that they do for the young people of Camden.”
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It wasn’t all about star pupils on the night however, with several ‘leaders’ picking up awards, including Camden School for Girls head of PE Angelene Devine and Sarah Cousins, who is the sister in charge of the intensive service for eating disorders at the Royal Free Hospital’s children’s school.
Angelene’s dedication to her school over the past year has been described as “phenomenal” after she combined her roles of head of PE, head of year and mentor to students. She set up the Camden School for Girls dance company, giving up her break and lunch times to rehearse with the students, as well as arranging for them to showcase their talent at various shows. Dance company has become an important feature of the school, with more than 70 students auditioning to be part of it this year.
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While Sarah works tirelessly to ensure the needs of all staff and patients are addressed as effectively as possible with “compassion and consideration”, in addition to turning up on days when she should be off, so that nothing is left unresolved.
Young people who nominated Sarah said they didn’t know where they would be today without her and that she makes time for each of them, understanding the challenges that they face.
The foundation has raised more than £1million for schools and youth clubs across the borough since 2004.
Here is the list of winners:
Swiss Cottage School
Carl Butler Jonathan
Mukoma Robert Price
Leader Award: Victoria Gutton
William Ellis School
Jamil Hasan Ricardo
Juan Angel Tamoyo
Camden School for Girls
Leader Award: Angelene Devine
Maria Fidelis Convent School
Angelika Nolina Rodis
Shah Arafah Uddin
Leader Award: Siobhan McInerney
La Sainte Union Catholic Secondary School
Mary Ellen McGuone
Melissa Awelo Elem
Acland Burghley School
Idris Ali Rahad
Miah Louis Sayers
Parliament Hill School
Ella Jones Meyer