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College Celebrates Barnet Schools In Annual Awards Ceremony

College Celebrates Barnet Schools In Annual Awards Ceremony

Barnet and Southgate College, in partnership with the London Borough of Barnet and the Barnet Times Series, hosted the Barnet School Awards 2018 to celebrate the amazing and unique achievements of students and staff in Barnet primary, secondary and special schools, highlighting the great work happening in local schools and the community.

The awards ceremony was held on 4th July at the Wood Street Campus of the College. All of the shortlisted staff and pupils were invited to attend the award ceremony where the 14 winners were announced. The categories included: British Values Project of the Year, Inspirational Student of the Year, Unsung Hero, Governors Award, Teacher of the Year and the Youth Enterprise Award.

Winners included the Inspirational Student of the Year: Jamarley Richards from Whitefield School. His glowing nomination from the school said: ?Larger than life Jamarley Richards is 15 years old, but he speaks and acts well beyond his years. An archetypal all-rounder, he excels in most academic subjects as well as more creative areas, especially music. He plays three instruments and is also a keen rugby player. In his recent past, however, he has been forced to deal with terrible events, such as his father's deportation and non-fatal shooting. Jamarley has held it together very admirably and has shown no signs of slipping academically. The BBC got in touch with Whitefield School in search of a gifted student from an impoverished background, and Jamarley was selected as one of three boys to appear in the BBC documentary 'Generation Gifted'. A kind, mature teenager who deeply values education, he is rapidly becoming a successful young adult against all odds.'

Jamarley Richards, aged 15 said: 'I'm so proud to receive this award, Whitefield School has been so supportive and I'm really happy at school. Most of all I feel happy that I inspire other young people, that really inspires me, it's great when year 7 and year 8 pupils say that they look up to me, in fact I feel privileged to be in my position. The BBC is still filming me as part of their documentary series 'Generation Gifted' and the next part will be shown on TV in February 2019.'

The excited winners of the Youth Enterprise Award were pupils from Copthall School. The Pump-It Team from Copthall School comprised of a group of Year 13 students who formed a team together to enter the Peter Jones Foundation's 'Tycoons in School' competition. The students designed and created water bottles to be sold for the competition, with the aim to use the profits to support WaterAid and build a water pump and sanitation block in a school in a developing country. The students pitched for a start-up loan of £1,000 and over a six-week period had to document their business journey. They sold 7,000 bottles of water to the local community of Barnet and were able to raise £2,030.00, which they donated to WaterAid to build the pump, and as they were able to complete it by 31st January 2018, the government matched the donation which has now enabled the funds for 2 pumps. Their journey has been so good that they are now in the final 8 of the competition. Over 300 UK schools entered the nationwide competition and they're heading to Windsor Castle for the award ceremony in September 2018, which will be hosted by Prince Andrew, to find out who the overall winners are. This is a huge accomplishment and they now have plans to roll out the idea to other schools to join in the Borough of Barnet.

Collecting their award on the night from Copthall School were Year 13 pupils: Ellie Costello, Tamera Chowdhury, Maryam Al Barry, Lamia El-bouazzaoui, Busra Geyik and Reanne Behan (all pictured here).

Reanne Behan from Copthall School said: 'We had great fun working on the project and coming up with ideas and putting in the plans, we traded for 6 weeks and raised over £2,000 for Water Aid, I'm really proud of us all in the team and what we've achieved. It has been an honour collecting the award tonight and the next award that we hope to collect will hopefully be at Windsor Castle!'

David Byrne, Principal of Barnet and Southgate College said:

'Barnet and Southgate College is proud to host the Barnet Schools Awards for the second year. Huge congratulations to all the shortlisted staff and pupils from all of the Barnet primary, secondary and special schools that entered this year. Each and every one of them has shown real commitment to their school and are truly an inspiration to us all and we hope that they enjoy and celebrate their recognition when they go back to their schools.'

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