On 2 May 2013, the most awaited day in the calendar of the Wings of Hope Achievement Awards finally arrived! The Royal College of Surgeons where the Awards ceremony was held was packed with half a dozen Head Teachers, 25 Teachers and over 300 students and their parents from Schools all over the country.
The evening began with a fantastic performance by dancers from the world famous Pineapple Studios, whose high octane performance got the crowds up from their seats, clapping and cheering.
Wings of Hope was very privileged and honored to have Lady Juliet McNally – wife of Lord McNally, Deputy Leader of the House of Lords, attend the ceremony and hand over prizes. Senior members from our Corporate partners also attended the event and handed over the prizes, Mr Damon Clark CEO of Brandwith, and Mr. Simon Ayoage from Barclays Bank was also amongst them. The talented and upcoming British boyband The Parades mesmerized the crowd with their powerful singing, and even did an impromptu song titled ‘WOHAA’!
This year for the first time, ‘The Best Teacher’ award was introduced. This went to Mr. Giles Tilbury of St.Mary’s Church of England School in Hertfordshire.
Some audience reactions: “We had a wonderful time last night and the children so enjoyed the experience. Obviously, the icing on the cake was the winning of the award for runners up ‘Best Presentation’. They are now thoroughly enjoying the attention this is causing at School!” – Mrs. Green (Year 9 Manager, Collingwood College)
“Thank you so much for the wonderful hospitality last night – the warm welcome, the delicious supper and the fabulous award ceremony. It was superbly organised and we enjoyed some fantastic entertainment as well as the inspiring stories of the award winners” – Lucy Elphinstone (Head Mistress, Francis Holland School)
“I just wanted to thank you again for the opportunity of being involved with Wings of Hope. It has been a wonderful experience for the students from Nower Hill to be involved with and in particular for team Shooting Stars. The awards ceremony was great – really enjoyable – you have some brilliant links with other companies” – Anna Dunne, (teacher, Nower Hill School)
“It has been a pleasure and a privilege for Hasmonean to work with you on this project and we look forward to our continued relationship in the future” – Rachel Fink (Head Mistress, Hasmonean School for Girls)
“What a night Thursday night was! … Thank you for the fantastic opportunity you have given Anna and her friends … The youngsters featured at the finals showed such energy and enthusiasm for their individual projects and it was fascinating to see the scope of their imaginations. All groups were winners in what they achieved and I’m glad so many prizes were awarded” – Mel Lawson, parent
Overall Winners Team Unity, Hasmonean High School
Overall Runners Up Team Shooting Stars, Nower Hill
Best Presentation Winners: Team Encore, Heathfield School Runners Up: Team Lord of the Wings, Collingwood College
Most Innovative Winners: Team Spark, Tormead School Runners Up: Team Congeniality, Latymer Upper School
Most Funds Raised Winners: Team Go! Merchant Taylors’ Runners up: Team Legacy, Francis Holland School
Most Awareness Raised Winners: Team Ignite, Tendring College Runnersup: Team Inspire, Nonsuch High School Runnersup: Team Devoted Voices, Islamia School for Girls
Best Teacher Award Giles Tilbury, St Mary’s Church of England School, Herts