Friday 29 March, 2019

17 schools compete at the regional finals of the Goldsmiths’ Company Engagement Awards 2019


"That was off-the-scale amazing!" said one of the judges, commenting on a presentation by students from Manchester Grammar School on a community project they run to support male victims of human trafficking.  

They are just one of 17 schools, representing the North and South of England, to compete in the regional finals of the first-ever Goldsmiths’ Company Community Engagement Awards, each vying for a coveted place at the national finals in June.

Launched this year the awards celebrate the positive impact schools and their students have in their local communities through charitable and voluntary initiatives. These activities are of vital importance to their education, but often go unrecognised. The Goldsmiths’ Company wants to bridge that gap and celebrate the amazing work and initiatives that talented young people up and down the country are involved in daily, through their school, to improve people’s lives.

Prendergast Vale in Lewisham (London) and Stockport Grammar were warm and generous hosts for the Southern and Northern regional finals, where student representatives presented on their chosen programme or activities in-front of a panel of five judges, including Judith Cobham-Lowe OBE who founded the community engagement awards during her time as Prime Warden in 2017/18.

The programmes and activities to qualify for entry range from student-led numeracy and literacy programmes for young people to support for the elderly and the lonely and regeneration projects such as litter picking at a local football club; painting murals in rundown spaces; and conservation activities.

The judges praised all of the students for their confident, creative and inspiring presentations and for the impact their activities are having on beneficiaries and the local community as well as the schools and their students. The schools that stood out were those who demonstrated that their activities were part of the schools DNA; led by the students; and benefitting the local community.

Judith said of the students, “The standard of the presentations was remarkable, everyone had clearly put in a lot of effort. They showed us vividly the impact they are having in their local communities. All of us were deeply moved and inspired by what they are doing and the change in attitudes, understanding and empathy experienced by those involved. They have given us a very tough job and should all be incredibly proud of what they have done.”

Judith added: “The Goldsmiths’ Company Community Engagement Award recognises the unsung heroes in schools up and down the country – young people who have given their time, energy and ideas to outstanding initiatives that support people who need it most in our local communities. We have piloted the awards this year and plan to expand them in 2020.”

On 25th June 2019 all regional finalists will be invited to the magnificent Goldsmiths’ Hall in London for a celebratory ceremony and a chance to showcase their community engagement activities. Winning schools, to be announced on the day, will receive a handmade award designed by Tom Fattorini (artist-craftsman and Liveryman) and a cash prize to support the continuation and expansion of their school's community programmes.

Congratulations to the following schools for making it through to the regional finals of the first Goldsmiths’ Company Community Engagement Awards – all of who were amazing and inspiring.

Southern final school entrants: 

  • Alleyn’s School
  • Addey and Stanhope
  • Caterham School
  • LAE Stratford
  • Harrow School
  • LAE Tottenham
  • St Dunstan’s College
  • Dulwich College
  • Prendergast Vale
  • UAE South Bank

Northern final school entrants: 

  • Bolton School
  • Oldham Hulme GS
  • William Hulme’s GS
  • Merchant Taylors
  • The King’s School
  • Stockport Academy
  • Manchester Grammar

If your school would like to take part in the 2020 awards, please visit https://goldsmiths.springpod.co.uk/ to register your interest.  

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