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Jack Petchey Award Winners 2020

Each month staff and students at Highbury Fields School select one student to win a Jack Petchey Achievement Award. The award allows students and staff to recognise the effort achievement of a Highbury Fields student in a practical and positive way. So far, this year, six students have been nominated for the Jack Petchey Award. Congratulations to these students, each of whom will receive £250 to spend on a project of their choice within school. Please read why they were nominated for the Jack Petchey Award.

Ava - keeping spirits high during lockdown with amazing custom baked goods, some of which were donated to school for teachers to eat and some to the local community. Such baked goods included elaborately decorated cup-cakes. Ava’s contribution to lifting the spirits of those in school and others in her local community during lockdown was highly commendable. Ava subsequently moved on, once the time was appropriate, to selling her cakes and had cakes commissioned for such events as weddings.

Lilia - for her regular outstanding work submissions online via the school’s ILA during lockdown. Lilia regularly responded to the school’s weekly challenges during the month of April. Each week, students were set a new set of themed weekly challenges and Lilia was one of the students who responded most frequently and with work that was to a high degree of quality. Lilia had clearly taken many additional hours of her time to produce extra work while learning from home on top of the “core” work set by the school.

Sienna - for regularly submitting additional work to the school’s online learning platform in response to the optional weekly challenges section. During the month of May, Sienna was one of the most prolific submitters sending in a variety of written submissions to writing challenges and high-quality artwork. Sienna had clearly taken many additional hours of her time to produce extra work while learning from home on top of the “core” work set by the school.

Rebecca - for her outstanding contributions to lessons and to the school community including leading discussions around race issues in the UK after having read key literature while attending school during lockdown. Rebecca heeded the advice of her older sister and read several books during lockdown including “Natives” by Akala and “Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race” by Reni Eddo-Lodge. Of her own volition, during lunch breaks and appropriate lesson times, Rebecca began sharing what she had learned with her peers, impressing upon them some of the lessons she had learned. This included occasions where Rebecca would read the book to her peers and discuss some of the points from the text. Elena - for her regular outstanding work submissions online via the school’s ILA during lockdown.

Elena took extra time during the school week in the last few weeks of summer, completing large amounts of optional work through the school’s “weekly challenges” online page. Elena did this on top of the core work set by the school and submitted multiple highquality pieces of writing on several different weekly challenge topics.

Amani - for being the student most rewarded throughout October. This means that Amani was awarded more merits and notes of praise (postcards home) by her subject teachers than any other student in the school during this time. These notes of praise and merits recognise her extraordinary commitment to her new school and the adjustment she has made to a secondary school environment post-school closure, and are illcation to learning.

You can view the winners pictures under Galleries.