After winning the Regional Finals, a select group of dedicated students from Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey were invited to the National Finals of the Goldsmiths’ Company Community Engagement Awards held in Goldsmiths’ Hall in St Paul’s.
The Goldsmiths’ Company Community Engagement Awards were launched in 2019. The awards, which are student-led, celebrate the positive impact schools have through charitable and voluntary initiatives within their local communities.
Commenting on why the Goldsmiths’ Company had created the award, Judith said: “These activities are of vital importance to many people, but often go unrecognised. 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 our local communities.”
The official ceremony which took place on Tuesday 23rd November, saw the six-person student team compete for the national title against a selection of schools from across England.
Our team, comprised of 6 students from year 7 to year 13, had been shortlisted for the prestigious awards in recognition of the incredible work they have done in our local community through the award-winning Dementia Café.
Pupils were asked to give a presentation on the programme in front of a panel of six judges, including Judith Cobham-Lowe OBE, a Liveryman, and former Prime Warden (equivalent to Chair) of the Goldsmiths’ Company. Whilst our team did not take home the top spot, the judges praised our students for their presentation and for the impact that the Dementia Café as well as their other community projects, has had on the local community as well as on those pupils involved, and awarded them with an official certificate in recognition of their efforts. The judges commented that our pupils had clearly benefitted from the learning and development opportunities provided during the programme.