Students from schools in Haverhill and Clare who have made significant contributions to others have been recognised at the annual Haverhill & District Rotary Club Book Awards.
Each year the Rotary Club gives a certificate and £30 in book vouchers to two students from each of Castle Manor academy, Samuel ward Academy and Stour Valley Community School.
The recipients are selected by teachers at their respective schools and in every case they are chosen because of their willingness to go our of their way to be helpful to others.
Rotarian Barry Oliver summed the awards up by saying: “The awards are given not for academic achievement but for young persons making a contribution to others.”
The Stour Valley students to receive the awards were Liam Jacobs (year eight) and Aysha Bilgi (year ten).
Teacher Emilie Theobald described Liam as an ‘incessant talker’ who still managed to complete a sponsored silence to raise money for the Invicta Foundation, a charity that helps soldiers with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
She said: “His stepdad has suffered with PTSD and has personal experience of benefitting from the foundation.”
Aysha was unable to attend the awards, but Miss Theobald explained that she had been nominated for having her hair cut off to raise money for a cancer charity.
Year 11 Samuel Ward students Chidera Nkem-Paul and Ashlea Scott-Abbink were chosen by their teachers to receive an award.
Teacher, Marian Harrington, said: “Chidera is an absolutely fantastic student in terms of his impact on others. His positive attitude has a fantastic impact on others.”
Chidera has been an ambassador and sports leader at the school and Miss Harrington added: “It has been an absolute pleasure to work with you Chidera, you have been absolutely fantastic.”
Ashlea was praised by Miss Harrington for being the ‘Mary Poppins of her year group.’
Miss Harrington added: “Whatever situation she is put into she will give her best, keeping an eye out for people around her and seeing what they need.”
The student support manager at Castle Manor Academy, Alison Hunt, explained why year seven student Peter Sharpe was receiving a book award.
She said: “He takes care of the gardens, looks after the animals, he’s got excellent manners and tries very hard at all times.”
Described by his drama teacher Steve Powter as ‘possibly the quietest student I have ever taught’, Castle Manor student Nat Ridgeway also won an award.
Mr Powter said: “He is just so helpful, he is polite and he helps out with everything he possibly can.
“Of all the teachers were asked to come and say a few words about Nat. There was a queue to do it.”
The final student to receive an award was Lauren Hinshelwood, who credentials were explained by Castle Manor Academy head of school, Mat Gibson.
He said: “She has provided support to all the younger students in her tutor group, she leads in their fundraising and runs lunchtime clubs.
“She is a health and safety student and is really living and doing what she is studying in every way.”