Jan 23 2013 by Caitlin Black, Harrow Observer
PUPILS from across the borough were celebrating after being awarded for their outstanding success and achievements.
Winners from 14 secondary schools in Harrow attended the Jack Petchey Achievement Awards ceremony, which celebrated 78 young people, at Harrow Arts Centre, Uxbridge Road, Hatch End, on Tuesday last week.
The scheme enables schools, colleges and youth organisations to reward the successes of young people and to recognise a wide range of achievements, not just academic.
Winners included 15-year-old Mital Patel, who is a pupil and ‘peer listener’ at Canons High School, Shaldon Road, Edgware, who has been helping a year seven student who was reluctant to go to school.
Chandni Kudrati, 17, from Nower Hill High School, George V Avenue, Pinner, was awarded for her dedication and commitment in helping to organise a Bollywood night charity event in memory of former pupil Devaanshi Mehta who had aplastic anaemia and died in July last year.
Chandni sold tickets, designed the set, danced and rounded up helpers and all money raised went to Great Ormond Street Hospital where Devaanshi had been a patient.
There were four students from Stanmore College, Elm Park, including Nathanael Munir, 19, vice president of Stanmore College Students’ Union, Nadine said, 19, elected student president, and Emanuel Rad, 17, for his participation in the student parliament.
Sebastian Faull, 18, from Stanmore College, was in danger of failing his media studies course last year but ensured he succeeded and organised a work experience placement.
He said: “I was overwhelmed, very happy and proud of myself, and my parents were also proud. Last year I’d had a bit of a wobble but all my efforts to improve really paid off and were worth it.”
The winners received medallions, a framed certificate and a cheque for £200.
Mayor of Harrow, Councillor Nizam Ismail, helped present the awards. The award scheme provides funding of £25,200 each year to secondary schools in Harrow and to date £439,000 has been awarded to youth organisations in the borough since funding started in 2005.
Founder, Jack Petchey CBE, 87, said: “I am passionate about our awards scheme which enables young people to be recognised, valued and rewarded for their achievements and positive contributions to society.”
For more information visit www.jackpetcheyfoundation.org.uk.