Despite the challenges following the global Coronavirus pandemic, one Multi-Academy Trust made sure its bi-annual celebration of students from all across the country was able to go ahead, albeit in a different format than previous commemorations.
One London student was one of just a handful to receive a prestigious award out of 30,000 young people.
Ariana from Oasis Academy Hadley, situated in the heart of Ponders End received the community award for helping to make a difference in her local area.
Zoe Thompson, Principal at Oasis Academy Hadley, commented on the achievement saying; “Ariana has always been an outstanding student. As the years have gone by she has become a leading light in our community. Nothing is too much for her and she is always willing to go above and beyond to help and support others.”
“Since she started with us in Year 7, she has always been a role model both academically and in how she treats others, as a Student Leader she has led the Literacy Programme in our Academy and there really is no other student who embodies the Oasis values more than her. We are incredibly proud and know she has a very bright future ahead of her.”
In partnership with key sponsor Sodexo, Oasis Community Learning usually runs a special bi-annual National Student Awards event held at the ICC in Birmingham for hundreds of children aged 9 to 18 from across their family of academies, but due to the current pandemic this has been postponed until July 2021.
The theme of this year’s awards is ‘Character’, and academies were invited to nominate children for three categories (The Character Award, The Competence Award and the Community Award), all of which are read by senior leaders and judged blindly in Primary and Secondary/Sixth Form phase categories.
Unlike traditional academic award ceremonies it is important to Oasis that the children are recognised for who they are as a person, their character, what they have done to support others, their commitment to community, and if they have exceeded expectations in the face of adversity, their competence.