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Newham’s young people celebrated at Jack Petchey Achievement Awards ceremony

PUBLISHED: 11:40 26 September 2017 | UPDATED: 11:40 26 September 2017

Kingsford Community School

Kingsford Community School

Jack Petchey Foundation

The success, effort and resilience of young people from schools across Newham were celebrated at the Jack Petchey Achievement Awards.

Chobham Academy's band performingChobham Academy's band performing

Around 200 pupils - the most ever - were recognised at a ceremony at the O2 Cineworld on Monday evening.

They were presented with a medallion to go with the certificate, badge and £250 grant to be spent on something of their choice that will benefit their school that they had previously received.

The young recipients were cheered on by their parents and teachers as they received their awards from Cllr Bryan Collier and the Recorder’s chief reporter, Sophie Morton.

She said: “It was great to recognise and celebrate the achievements of young people in Newham. Congratulations to all the winners!”

The ceremony was also attended by John Barber, representative lieutenant for Newham.

He said: “A superb evening, in which the most awards have ever been given to so many great young people.

“To all award winners, and to the Jack Petchey Foundation, keep up the good work!”

The evening also featured a special four-legged guest in the shape of Ziggy Petchey.

The therapy dog is used to help pupils at St Bonaventure’s in a variety of ways and the training is being paid for by the Jack Petchey Foundation.

Pick up a copy of tomorrow’s Recorder for full coverage, including a list of all the winners.

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