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Academy celebrates the achievements of Jack Petchey Award winners!
Posted On: 02/09/15
On the evening of Monday 21st September nine students from the Academy will attend a celebratory event in recognition of their personal achievements under the Jack Petchey Foundation Awards Scheme.
The Jack Petchey Foundation was founded by Jack Petchey, an East End entrepreneur who is on his nineties; he has a real ‘rags to riches’ story. His vision is of a world where young people have high aspirations; the opportunity to develop their potential; the chance to be architects of their own future; to play a full part in society and to be valued and recognised for the positive things they achieve. He wants to enable young people (aged 11 – 25 years) to achieve their potential by inspiring, investing in, developing and promoting activities that increase their personal, social, emotional and physical development. The Jack Petchey Foundation draws on the ideology, vision and values of its Patron Jack Petchey CBE who epitomises the saying: “If you think you can, you can!” More can be read about the scheme by clicking here.
The fabulous students receiving awards this year are:
Jake Smith - last year's 11 - Jake suffers from a range of conditions affecting his mobility and personal development. At times, it was doubtful whether he would be able to remain in main stream education. However, through his tenacity and the hard work of his dedicated support staff and parents, he saw through his time at Newport until the end of Year 11. He has been awarded an award for his personal development and achievements over the course of his time at Newport.
Ciara Donegan - last year's year 8 - Ciara received an award for her immense efforts to fund raise £500 for the Little Princess Trust. She had her long hair cut short and donated it to be made into wigs for children who have lost their hair due to cancer treatment.
Elizabeth Sivell - last year's year 11 - Elizabeth has never found school easy however, she is a delightful young lady who is always on hand to help others. She has been awarded this award for her personal development, unfailing friendship and support in Learning Support during her time at Newport.
Jessica Ball - last year's year 9 – Like Elizabeth, Jessica does not find school easy however, she is an enthusiastic young lady who really enjoys her time at the Academy and is always first to put herself forward to help out in any way she can. Her enthusiasm is helping her to excel as an individual and grow in confidence. She has received this award for for her dedication and commitment to the Academy and for helping to organise Academy events such as the Christmas Carol Concert, the Academy Awards video, tidying the library, etc.
Toby Booth - last year's year 7 – Toby received an award for his immense efforts to fund raise £400 for the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge; he paddled all the way from London to Harlow in September 2014.
Abby Leverton - last year's year 7 – Abby received an award for her immense efforts in doing a fund raising walk for charity (she raised over £2000); her friend's father passed away and she was so moved by it that she wanted to do something positive to help her friend through his grief. She said, "In January this year my best friend Lewis lost his dad unexpectedly. I have been amazed by his strength and constant thought for others rather than himself. He has inspired me to want to do something to help children who are in need of help, in memory of his dad. In 2012 Ethan Rees Linwood age 11 was tragically killed in a car crash. His parents set up a charity to work with disadvantaged children and young people to ensure they get the opportunity to learn the skills and competences needed to lead a fulfilling life, and to assist them in overcoming the obstacles in life that could hold them back. This charity meant a lot to my friend's dad and still does to Lewis and his family therefore it has become my chosen charity to fund raise for. My challenge is a sponsored walk beginning at Stamford Bridge, home to Chelsea Football Team, whom Lewis and his family support, I walked down the Thames crossing 12 bridges starting at Battersea and ending at Tower Bridge. This was around 13 miles."
Eddie Davis - last year's year 8 - Since joining the school in Year 7 Eddie has proved to be an excellent ambassador; he throws himself into any opportunity that he can always goes above and beyond the call of duty. We run a buddy system for new year 7 students, where each year 8 pupil is allocated to a new year 7 to support them in settling into their new school. Eddie has been an outstanding buddy to a number of Y7 students, not just his specified buddy. He has also been an amazing ambassador for the school on open evenings. The award is deemed to be an appropriate recognition of his excellent approach to school and his mature attitude.
Alia Dear - last year's year 13 - Alia designed a number of posters to be used in an anti litter campaign around the village of Newport. Alia's excellent designs meant that she won a local competition; the designs were so good that the Academy decided to display them around school to try and discourage students dropping litter. The award is deemed to be appropriate recognition of her impact on the school and the local community.
Rebecca Chisholme - last year's year 12 - Rebecca tragically lost her brother in a train accident in 2008. In order to manager her grief, Rebecca wrote a trilogy of novels, the first of which has now been published. This is an amazing achievement at such a young age. In addition, when Rebecca saw a number of younger students messing around at a train station she spoke to them about the importance of rail safety. She felt so passionately about the issue that she approached the Principal about the idea of doing assemblies on rail safety. Rebecca is a formidable young lady who deserves recognition for her ideas and achievements.
Gordon Farquhar, Principal, had hoped to attend the evening himself, as he has done in previous years. However due to other commitments he is no longer available. Laura Sharpe, Assistant Principal; Pastoral Care, will instead be present to represent the Academy. Gordon Farquhar said "I am disappointed to miss out on the evening, I have always immensely enjoyed the event in previous years as it has proved to be a real celebration of some fantastic young people in the area. In a time when teenagers very often get a negative press, the award scheme recognises some of those students who are inspirational to their peers and champions their hard work, excellent attitudes and outstanding achievements."
Laura Sharpe, Assistant Principal said "I am thrilled to be going to the awards evening; it is a really good night! It is great to support the students who are receiving prizes."
Congratulations to all of our 2014/2015 award winners!