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The Wings of Hope Achievement Awards 2016-17

Once again, the Wings of Hope Achievement Awards ceremony was held at the prestigious location of The Royal College of Surgeons, London. This ceremony, held to reward and recognise all the efforts of our participating students and our way of saying ‘Thank You’ to them, their parents, teachers and head teachers.

We are extremely proud of all the winners and runners up and here is the list for 2016-17

Award Name : Most Awareness Raised
Winner : Team Blue Dragons – The Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls,London
Runner Up : Team Taara – Queen Anne’s School, Reading

Award Name : Best Presentation
Winner : Team Spicy – West Kirby Grammar School, Wirral
Runner Up : Team Oblige – Immanuel College, Hertfordshire

Award Name : Excellence in Arts
Winner : Team Amor Mundi – Forest School, East London
Runner Up : Team Canons – Blackheath High School GDST, London

Award Name : Excellence in Culinary Skills
Winner : Team Powerpuff Girls – Prendegast School, London
Runner Up : Team pay it Forwards – Hasmonean High School for Girls, London

Award Name : Excellence in Sports
Winner : Team Equity – Drayton Manor High School, London
Winner : Team Goal – Hasmonean High School for Boys, London

Award Name : Community Action Award
Winner : Team Open Heart – Dormers Well’s School, Southall, London

Award Name : Most Entrepreneurial Team
Winner : Team Moment – West Kirby Grammar School, Wirral
Runner Up : Team Future – Hasmonean High School for Girls, London

Overall Winners :
Team OAK – Queen Elizabeth School for Boys, London,
Chesham Grammar School, Chesham,
Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Boys, Elstree
Northwood College for Girls , Middlesex.

Team Goal – Hasmonean School for Boys

Team Blue Dragons from The Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls

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Team OAK – Overall Winners


London Marathon on 23rd April 2017

Brandon Lew a US Marine and current student of MBA
at London Business School, ran the London Marathon on
23rd April 2017.

He finished the 26 mile run in 3 hours and 43 minutes.

Thank you Brandon for running for our charity and raising funds
for our International projects.


Speed Mentoring 2017

Another year, another successful Speed Mentoring event!

On Saturday 4th February, hundreds of students descended on the Royal College of Surgeons in central London for WOHAA’s Speed Mentoring afternoon.

The idea behind the event is to demystify the world of work, which is done by bringing together mentors from a range of industries – law, medicine, drama, banking & technology (just to name a few!) – to give students insight into how to succeed in their chosen career.

The event began with an inspiring talk given by Matthew Gwyther, the award-winning editor of Management Today, before the mentoring got underway.

Mimicking a speed-dating format, students rotated around several tables, packing in as many questions as possible before the gong sounded and it was on to the next mentor.

The event proved a fantastic success, with students rating it on average 8.8/10. One student said they appreciated how not only did the mentors give out industry-specific advice, but “guidance for life and decisions in general”, while another valued the opportunity to see “different perspectives and learning ways into the industry”. Many students also commented on how friendly and approachable all the mentors were.


WOHAA winners trip to India 2015-16

The winners of WOHAA 2015-16 have just returned from a fantastic trip visiting the school supported by the Wings of Hope in Chennai, India. Here they had the opportunity to teach the students lessons such as Spanish, Latin, French, History, Maths, and English. But it was not all hard work: the winners also enjoyed playing with the children and teaching them some new games. On the final day at the school, the winners partook in a cultural exchange programme with the students. This gave both the visitors and the students the chance to showcase their talents, and learn some new skills from one another. The school went out of its way to welcome the students, and served them delicious local cuisine daily.


Wings of Hope Achievement Awards Ceremony 2014-2015 at The Royal College of Surgeons, May 2015


Wings of Hope Achievement Award (WOHAA) participants celebrate in style at the The Royal College of Surgeons.


On Friday 10th July, The WOHAA 2014-15 Finals Awards Ceremony took place at the Royal College of Surgeons in London. The prestigious venue packed in nearly 300 guests, including teachers, parents and students from WOHAA past and present.

The evening was co-hosted by acclaimed presenter and journalist Nadira Tudor, and young businesswoman, Smruti. Co-Founders Rajni and Dr Sri Ram gave inspirational speeches about the Wings of Hope’s vision as it enters its tenth year. Over 25,000 students from over 400 schools have taken part in WOHAA since 2005.

This year’s students shone with their innovative fundraising activities which included a 3-day rowing marathon, 24 hour fasts, Santa fun-runs, converting old vinyl records into fruit bowls, drastic haircuts, poster campaigns on the London Underground, and selling a Wings of Hope themed frozen yoghurt. Winners and runners up were treated to an Oscars-style evening, with trophies, video montages of their work and on-stage photographs. Trophies were presented by the BBC’s Babita Sharma, Neil Roskilly, the CEO of the Independent Schools’ Association, Lady Gill Hinchcliffe, and Dawn Butler MP.

Students had dressed up, for the evening, as characters from their favourite books, to celebrate the evening’s theme, “ WOHAA – What a Novel Idea”, which aimed to celebrate the importance of reading. The evening was filled with high-energy entertainment supporting young talent. Pineapple Performing Arts School performed dynamic street dances, and Britain Got’s Talent’s Gabz brought the house down with her UK hit “Lighters”. Emma Vangelder from Surbiton High School wowed the audience with her novel clarinet performance, and WOHAA participant Abhinav, from QE Boys’ School in Barnet, gave a stellar robot-esque breakdancing performance.

The Overall winning team were team Eclipse from Northwood College School who impressed the judges with their incredible endeavours over the seven-month fundraising period. The team of girls, held jewellery sales, did a sponsored haircut, hosted an afternoon tea for the elderly, did a sponsored swim, organized a spiritual chanting day, held a prom night, and hosted the Mayor of Harrow. Their events were widely publicised in their local news. Close runners-up for the overall prize were WOHAA Angels and Oarsome Foursome, from Surbiton High School and Dulwich College respectively. The Overall winners will get an expenses paid trip to India to teach at the Wings of Hope school, and will also visit the WOHAA slums project. The runners-up will be invited to do work experience at the Land Rover team in the UK. The Wings of Hope Best Teacher prize was given to Alison Whitehead- West Kirby Grammar School.


The semi-finals were held on the 25th June at the House of Lords and the panellists included:

· Sir David Jason, acclaimed British actor
· Mike Nithavriankis, Former British High Commissioner to India
· Richard Woolley, Design Studio Director, LandRover
· Ben Lewis, CEO, River Island
· Professor Geeta Nargund, St. George’s Hospital and Founder of Create Fertility
· Christopher Sandamas, Chief Clerk to the Private Office to Her Majesty The Queen
· Babita Sharma, BBC World New Presenter
· Suzi Woolfson, Senior Partner, PwC
· John Morris, Senior Partner, Smith & Williamson
· Martin Issitt, Senior Partner, Eversheds
· Alison Orsi, Vice President Marketing, Communications and Citizenship UK IBM


Full list of winners and runners up are listed below:

Overall winners & runners up

Eclipse – Northwood College – Overall Winners & Most Funds Raised
Oarsome Foursome – Dulwich College – Excellence in Sports and Overall Runners Up
WOHAA Angels – Surbiton High School – Overall Runners Up


Be The Change – Queen Elizabeth School for Boys – Winners – Community Action Award
Ignite – Northwood College – Winners – Community Action Award
Soar – Tormead School – Winners – Most Entrepreneurial Team
Aspire – West Kirby Grammar School – Winners – Excellent in the Arts
Wirral Whizzers – West Kirby Grammar School – Winners – Excellence in Culinary Skills
Choccy Orange – Tunbridge Wells School – Winners – Best Presentation & Most Awareness Raised

Runners up

Eunoia – North London Collegiate School – Runners Up – Best Presentation & Most Awareness Raised
Fusion – Queen Anne’s School, Reading – Runners Up – Best Presentation & Most Awareness Raised
Supéro – West Kirby Grammar School – Best Presentation & Most Awareness Raised
Soar – Northwood College – Runners Up – Most Funds Raised
The Charitable Fellows – Tendring Technology College – Runners Up – Most Entrepreneurial Team

Check out videos and photos below.




























The Wings of Hope Children’s Charity Speed Mentoring: Your Path To Success 7th February at the Royal College of Surgeons

#wohaaspeedmentoring2015 @OfficialWOHAA




British Airways work experience day

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The winners of Wohaa 2013-14 were very fortunate to spend the day learning from British Airways staff all about this world famous airline and what job opportunities they offer.
CV writing , interview skills , language skills and social media was also discussed during these interesting and interactive sessions.


Trip to St. Peter’s College – Oxford University

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Students from St. Mary’s High School in Chesthunt, and other wohaa participants had an exciting and informative, day out  .

At the College, some of their students took time out of their busy schedule to tell them about the application and selection process at the University.

This was followed by a Q & A and then a tour of the College and its facilities.


Later on the students were taken on a walking tour of the City, covering some important landmarks of this world famous University


WOHAA 2014 Award Ceremony: Class of 2014 ‘Going for Gold’


On 2nd May 2014, the most anticipated day of the WOHAA calendar arrived! Over 500 participants, teachers, parents, friends and family descended on the Royal College of Surgeons in Holborn to celebrate their WOHAA achievements in style. The theme this year was ‘Going for Gold’ and students were encouraged to dress up as ‘winners’, channelling their sporting, acting and academic heroes for the chance to win the coveted ‘Best Dressed’ prize. The evening began with a performance from the world famous Pineapple Dancers who got the crowd ready and raring to go with a performance full of energy and electricity.

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Performances from Joseph Hamm of Dulwich College and Abhinav Vudathu from Queen Elizabeth’s Boys also had the crowd entranced.

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Upcoming singer-songwriter Cally Rhodes closed down the evening with an incredible performance, getting the crowd hyped up with her covers of Taylor Swift’s ‘I knew you were trouble’ and One Direction’s ‘Midnight Memories’.


Lara Lewington, BBC Presenter and reporter for technology programme ‘Click’, presided over the evening, helping to get the crowd enthused and to oversee the smooth running of presentations. We were very lucky to have an esteemed set of presenters to hand over the awards, including Bernard Sande, Malawian High Commissioner, Jackie Cooper (Global Chair of PR Company Edelman) and The Mayor of the London Borough of Sutton, Councillor Sean Brennan.

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The evening was held the celebrate the achievements of WOHAA participants over the last year. Awards were handed out in six student categories and one teacher category, with students vying for prizes from Best Presentation to Most Awareness Raised and for Overall Winner and the chance to visit the Wings of Hope school in India. Students made full use of the WOHAA Selfie Corner, taking graduation shots with mortar boards and with masks of famous people. They also signed the ‘GIANT WOHAA’, adding their names to the WOHAA legacy

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Awards were handed out to the following teams in the various categories:




  1. Heros – Newstead Wood School
  2. L & Co – Queen Anne’s School



  • Summit – Latymer Upper School

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  1. Live2Learn – Woodbridge High School
  2. WOHAA Warriors – Bentley Wood and Claremont High School



  • Team Fuse – North London Collegiate, Heathfield School, Upton Court Grammar School and St Helen’s School

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Runners Up:

  1. WOHAA Angels – Surbiton High School
  2. Mini Monets – Notting Hill and Ealing High School



  • Team Reach – Merchant Taylor’s School

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Runner Up:

  1. Connect 6 – Hasmonean High School (Girls)



  • Team IGNITE – Claremont High School

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Special recognition:

  • Ian Smith – Surbiton High School
  • Simon Dodd – Surbiton High School


Best Teacher Winner:

  • Kathryn Walley – Heathfield School

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Runners Up:

  1. Team Utopia – The Abbey School
  2. Wirral Wonders – West Kirby Grammar School



  • Team STEP – Collingwood College

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  • e-LEMON-ators – Heathfield School, Henrietta Barnett School, Beaconsfield High School and Richmond upon Thames College




  • Young Volcanoes – Nonsuch High School and Greeancres High School



WOHAA Semi-Finals 2014

On Tuesday 29th April 2014, 34 lucky WOHAA teams took to the stage at the House of Lords to present in front of the panel of judges at the WOHAA 2014 Semi-Finals. Battling through the London Underground strikes, teams arrived at Millbank House to present their fundraising efforts to the distinguished panel of judges


Panellists this year included: Sir David Jason (legendary actor), Sean Biggerstaff (actor- Oliver Wood in Harry Potter films), Sophie Kinsella (author – Confessions of a Shopaholic), Alok Sharma (MP Reading West), Christopher Sandamas (Chief Clerk, Buckingham Palace), Amur Lakshmi (Tata Consultancy Services global leadership team), John Thornhill (Deputy Editor, The Financial Times), Lady Elizabeth Roberts (Dean of Studies for Scholars at Oxford University) and Baroness Verma.


The House of Lords

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Teams being briefed before their presentations

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The judging panel


Team Heros (Newstead Wood School) mid-presentation

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Team Summit (Latymer Upper School) aboard the Team Summit Express

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Sean Biggerstaff sits on the judging panel

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Sir David Jason enjoying one of the presentations

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Team Reach (Merchat Taylor’s School) after their presentation

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Baking for Poverty (Hasmonean High School – Girls) having tempted the judges with some delicious chocolate cupcakes during their presentation

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Green Bean (Tiffin Girls) during their presentation

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Right2Write (Hasmonean High School – Boys)

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Vita Nova (St Angela’s Ursuline School)

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Connect 6 (Hasmonean High School – Girls) leading the judges on the Connect 6 Tour

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WOHAA Warriors (Bentley Wood and Claremont High School)


e-LEMON-ators (Heathfield School, Henrietta Barnett, Richmond upon Thames College and Beaconsfield High School)


Team STEP (Collingwood College) giving it their all

The standard of presentations was exceptionally high, with students recounting their fundraising events to the delight of the judging panel. Events included a 24-hour bake-a-thon, a sponsored swim the equivalent length of the English Channel, fusion concerts, a Bollywood Ball, and International Food Cafe, sponsored walks, an online auction, a 100km cycle and even a 24-hour famine! The Award Ceremony for WOHAA 2014 is due to take place on Friday 2nd May when the winners and runners up for the six WOHAA categories will be announced.


Each team was given five minutes to present followed by a brief Q&A session with the judges.

Teams through to the Semi-Finals:

Amethyst – Woodbridge High School

Arise- Heathfield School

Aspire – St Mary’s High School

Baking for Poverty – Hasmonean High School (Girls)

Bikes for Likes – Latymer Upper School

Connect 6 – Hasmonean High School (Girls)

Dynamic Dreamers – Featherstone High School

Ed-Spread – Queen Elizabeth’s Boys School

e-LEMON-ators – Heathfield School, Beaconsfield High School, Henrietta Barnett School, Richmond upon Thames College

Embrace – Tiffin School, Southborough High School, Tolworth Girls School, Richard Challenor School and Coombe Girls School

Fuchsia – Notting Hill and Ealing GDST

Fuse – Heathfield School, North London Collegiate School, Upton Court Grammar School, St Helen’s School

Green Bean – The Tiffin School for Girls

Jolly Ninjas – Whitmore High School

L & Co – Queen Anne’s School

Live2Learn – Woodbridge High School

Mini Monets – Notting Hill and Ealing GDST

Outshine – Northwood College Reach – Merchant Taylor’s School

Right2Write – Hasmonean High School (Boys)

Spirit – Bentley Wood School

Summit – Latymer Upper School

Team Change – Dulwich College

Team Heros – Newstead Wood School

Team IGNITE – Claremont High School

Team STEP – Collingwood College

Team Tomorrow – Hasmonean High School (Girls)

Team Utopia – Tormead School

Tenacity – Archbishop Tenison’s CofE High School

Utopia – The Abbey School Vita Nova – St Angela’s Ursuline Convent

WOHAA Angels – Surbiton High School

WOHAA Warriors – Bentley Wood High School and Claremont High School

Wirral Wonders – West Kirby Grammar School

Young Volcanoes – Nonsuch High School for Girls and Greenacre High School