Barnet and Southgate College, in partnership with the London Borough of Barnet and the Barnet Times Series, hosted the Barnet School Awards 2019 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 took place on 3rd July at the Wood Street Campus of the College. All of the shortlisted staff and pupils attended the ceremony where the winners were announced and presented their certificates and trophy by her worshipful the Mayor of Barnet Cllr. Caroline Stock. The award categories this year included Inspirational Student of the Year, Unsung Hero, the Governor’s Award and Teacher of the Year.
Nominees on the night included 12 year-old Alexandra Tsiotsi from Barnet, who won the Inspirational Student of the Year prize, she attends East Barnet School in year 7. Her glowing nomination from the school was in honour of her amazing charity work that has seen her raise over £7,500 for the Royal Brompton Hospital charity the Brompton Royal Heart Foundation. Alexandra was herself diagnosed with heart problems when she was a baby and she has already had three open-heart operations at the hospital; most recently, they replaced a valve in her heart. Her teachers commented on Alexandra’s, ‘…excellent attitude and that she does so much for others. She is always keen to volunteer in school, as well as working to raise awareness of heart conditions.’
Alexandra Tsiotsi said: “I’m so proud to receive this award, I’ve done so many things to raise the money I knitted hats and sold them at school and to friends and family I also held toy sales and cake sales. A group of us also raised a lot of the money in a swimming marathon, I have really enjoyed it. I was quite shocked to be nominated, as I did not expect it, I think anything is possible, if you put your mind to something you can achieve it. I feel proud that my head teacher is here as well, in fact my next project is to start to fundraise for my school.”
An additional winner at the ceremony went to Tracey Harper, who was awarded the Unsung Hero Award in the primary school category. Her nomination from St. John’s CE Primary School from teachers at the school stated that:
“Tracey’s commitment and dedication to the children and staff of St. John’s is second to none. She works voluntarily 5 days a week from 7am to 6pm, her work does not stop there - she regularly works in the evening and weekends carrying out school-related tasks. Tracey lends her hand to anything and everything! Whenever a task needs to be done Tracey will volunteer to do it. In class, she supports children across the school; this could be help with reading, supporting staff on playground duty or cutting up the lunches for the nursery children. When not in class, Tracey supports teachers by preparing resources for lessons, building displays or simply tidying up. The sole reason Tracey does all of this is to improve the education and wellbeing of the children at the school. She is a true unsung hero!”
Barnet and Southgate College congratulates all of the winners and schools as part of The Barnet School Awards 2019, which were sponsored by Middlesex University and Redrow Homes, they were hosted in partnership with the Barnet Times Series and the London Borough of Barnet.
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