Despite the challenges following the global Coronavirus pandemic, one Multi-Academy Trust made sure its bi-annual celebration of students from all across the country was able to go ahead, albeit in a different format than previous commemorations.
One Southampton student was one of just a handful to receive a prestigious award out of 30,000 young people.
Libby from Oasis Academy Mayfield, situated in the heart of Southampton received the character award for being and inspiring person and it was presented to her by Joy Haizelden, Wheelchair Basketball player for Team GB.
Claire Taylor, Principal at Oasis Academy Mayfield, commented on Lbby’s achievement, saying; “It was an incredibly honour to present Libby with her award. I cannot think of a more deserving winner of the national student award for character. She is an inspiration and role model for our Mayfield community and beyond.”
In partnership with key sponsor Sodexo, Oasis Community Learning usually runs a special bi-annual National Student Awards event held at the ICC in Birmingham for hundreds of children aged 9 to 18 from across their family of academies, but due to the current pandemic this has been postponed until July 2021.
The theme of this year’s awards is ‘Character’, and academies were invited to nominate children for three categories (The Character Award, The Competence Award and the Community Award), all of which are read by senior leaders and judged blindly in Primary and Secondary/Sixth Form phase categories.
Unlike traditional academic award ceremonies it is important to Oasis that the children are recognised for who they are as a person, their character, what they have done to support others, their commitment to community, and if they have exceeded expectations in the face of adversity, their competence.