INCREDIBLE young people from schools and colleges in Thurrock received their prestigious Jack Petchey Foundation Achievement Awards presented at a live digital event.
The digital event celebrated Achievement Award winners aged 11-25 from Thurrock for their contributions to their school/college community. Winners received medallions and framed certificates from the Foundation prior to the online event along with a £250 grant for them to spend to benefit their school or youth group.
In addition, two adults were awarded Leader Awards for demonstrating outstanding ability to motivate young people. They each received a medallion and a framed certificate.
Achievement Award winners include George Lane, aged 14, who attends St Clere’s School.
George was awarded a Jack Petchey Achievement Award for his dedication and enthusiasm for drama at school. Not only did he play the leader role in the production of Oliver at Thameside theatre, but he has taken part in other shows outside of school this year while maintaining a professional commitment to all drama activities within the school. His teachers describe him as committed to the craft he loves while still completing his studies and homework for school.
George said: “I am really proud to have received a Jack Petchey award. After seeing them on display around school, it was always something I wanted to achieve and now being awarded one is very special.”
Award winner George Lane decided to spend his £250 Jack Petchey Achievement Award grant on resources for the drama department including scripts, revision guides and paint.
Frank Dalton, age 15, who also attends St Clere’s School.
Frank was recognised for being an outstanding pupil at St Clere’s school, particularly in his commitment and interest in his art classes. Frank has responded to the stresses of the COVID-19 pandemic by creating thought-provoking paintings and photography of people in masks that regularly makes people stop in their tracks in the art department.
Laine Taylor, Frank’s art teacher, said: “Frank has a very promising future, hopefully continuing in his art education.”
Frank said: “Winning a Jack Petchey award for my participation in art means a lot to me … Alongside achieving the award, the monetary prize was spent towards St Clere’s Art department, which doesn’t get as much funding as some other subjects, and I’m glad I have been able to give back to the Art department from all it has given me.”
Award winner Frank decided to spend his £250 Jack Petchey Achievement Award grant on art materials including colour pencils, stencils and a light box.