Jack Petchey Achievement Awards
The Jack Petchey Achievement Awards are part of a foundation set up by the Plaistow-born millionaire philanthropist Sir Jack Petchey.
The scheme is all about rewarding, recognising and celebrating the achievements of young people. Each month pupils are nominated for academic or sporting achievement, charity work, community work, etc. A pupil working party consider all the nominations and decide on the winner.
Winners receive a certificate, a medal and an invitation to one of the foundation's glitzy Achievement Awards Celebrations. They also get to nominate a department or departments who they want to receive the £250 grant and then meet with the Head of Department to discuss what it is spent on.
Here are our winners for this year:
June 2017: Harriet Kemp (Year 10)
Harriet received the Jack Petchey Award for her consistent dedication to the School Council since Year 7.
She has shown excellent initiative in her role as Council representative. She has taken this role very seriously and represents the views of her Form very well in Council meetings.
To secure the post, Harriet delivered a fantastic speech; she was memorably passionate and resilient.
Furthermore, following a challenging selection process of problem-solving tasks, team-building skills, presentations and a formal interview, she has achieved the prestigious position of Head Girl for 2017-18.
May 2017: Naomi Okeke (Year 10)
Naomi is a friendly and valued member of Form 10W2. She has worked incredibly hard again this year, receiving a high number of achievement points and 100% attendance. She also has over 200 VIVOs (our rewards system) and exemplary behaviour. Her efforts and determination to succeed are commendable.
Since Year 7 Naomi has been a dedicated pupil and an excellent role model to her peers. She is always willing to help others and is a fantastic example of how to go 'above and beyond'. She strives to achieve the highest grades in her subjects and is always positive.
Naomi is a valued Prefect, a responsibility that she takes seriously and a role that she performs very well.
April 2017: Henri Willett (Year 10)
Henri is an outstanding pupil at St Clere’s school with a 100% attendance record over the past four years, along with exemplary behaviour.
Since Year 7 Henri has been dedicated to his studies and on an annual basis has received recognition in a number of subjects, which clearly demonstrates his hard work and commitment. Henri is highly independent and uses his own initiative and has received a large number of rewards, which evidences his strong work ethic.
Henri fully embraces school life and is involved in numerous clubs and activities and regularly represents the school at different sports. He also plays an important role in our School Council where he actively participates in discussions and events throughout the academic year.
Henri will always offer his support and is very keen to be involved in the wider ethos of our school. He impressed both staff and governors alike during a rigorous selection process, and has been awarded the position of Head Boy for 2017 -18.
Henri inspires confidence and will take enormous pride in completing this role with great success.
March 2017: Joseph Plumb (Year 8)
Unfortunately, Joseph’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. When his Mum was on the road to recovery, Joseph decided he wanted to help others who were in a similar situation so he asked if he could hold a fund-raising event in school, not only to raise money for Breast Cancer Care (BCC), but to also raise awareness of the disease.
Joseph almost single-handedly organised several charity events, which were well organised, well run and well supported. He raised a massive £3,000 from these events, an amazing amount which will have a big impact on what BCC can do to help others.
Joseph then arranged to deliver assemblies to the whole school, to raise awareness of Breath Cancer and to thank everyone for their support. Bearing in mind that Joseph is a Year 8 student, this was an incredibly brave thing to do.
Joseph deserves this award not only for his resilience, tenacity and bravery, but for his outstanding moral and ethical values that prompted him to organise the event in the first place.
February 2017: Anabelle Paton (Year 8)
Anabelle auditioned in June 2015 for the South East Ballet Scholars. This is a programme that specialises in the development of outstanding young students in classical ballet. They are lucky to be tutored by teachers from the Royal Ballet School and the English National Ballet.
Anabelle normally trains six days out of seven, but at the moment this has increased every day as she prepares for the Imperial Society Ballet Awards, a competition entered by young dancers from all over Europe. Her last ballet exam was in December where Anabelle achieved 93%, which qualifies as a ‘Distinction’.
Anabelle is also through to the All England finals for her Classical Ballet solo, after winning many medals in 2016.
January 2017: Megan Dyer (Year 11)
Megan was nominated for her outstanding work ethic and the top Progress 8 Score across Year 11 of +1.12 (in laymen’s terms, she is performing more than one GCSE grade above her expected progress in all of her GCSE subjects).
Megan is also a Prefect and supports all extra-curricular activities such as Parents Evenings, by helping with organisation to ensure the event runs smoothly.
Megan has had zero behaviour point in all her time at St Clere’s and 100% attendance across Key Stage 4. Furthermore she is ranked 5th across her Year group - which is over 200 students - on our Vivo rewards scheme.
November 2016 – George Whalley (Year 11)
George Whalley was nominated for his hard work and tenacity in his chosen sport of rugby. George has had a meteoric rise in his rugby career and this has resulted in him playing for Southend, one of the top sides in Essex. His performances for Southend resulted in him being selected for Essex and now he is part of the Northampton Saints Professional Academy. He has recently been to two England Schools training camps as part of the selection process for the England Schools team.
George is currently undergoing assessment days at Felsted School for a 20% sports scholarship for their 6th form and a 100% sports scholarship at Oundle School in Northamptonshire for their 6th form. These are two of the top private schools and just being offered this opportunity is an amazing achievement.
October 2016 – Natasha Collier (Year 10)
Natasha Collier is one the most conscientious pupils I have come across in thirteen years of working at St. Clere’s. Whatever the task she is given she always strives to work to the best of her ability and her powers of perseverance are second to none. Hence, she achieved her Governors’ Gold Award certificate in Year 8.
Her attendance is excellent, she has never had a day off since Year 7 and she has always been a positive example to other pupils for her behaviour and standard of uniform around school. She is always willing to help others and is a shining example of how to go ‘above and beyond’ to do this.
She has participated in all the school drama productions since arriving at St Clere’s, where she has demonstrated her hard work and commitment. This has been further highlighted in her role of a School Council representative and Year 10 prefect during this academic year.
September 2016 – Riley Mason (Year 11)
Riley Mason is an outstanding pupil, constantly striving to achieve the highest grade in every subject through hard work and dedication to her studies.
Since Year 7 Riley has been a dedicated pupil and an excellent role model for other pupils. In her four years at school she has never had a behaviour incident and has received recognition and awards for her excellent behaviour.
She currently has the highest number of Vivos, the school’s reward system.