Last night was the finals of the Youth Philanthropy Initiative. For those of you who don’t know this is the result of an entire terms work by our fantastic Year 10 students. As part of the project, the students meet, work with and help out a local charity who work to improve Hounslow. They then present to their class and select a winner. This is when the competition hots up. Those who have evidence that they have make the best case for their charity move onto a semi finals, where they present to a judging panel and have to answer questions. The students attend sessions developing presentation skills and, 8 teams are then selected to go through to the finals (group photo below).
The awards evening is about celebrating the Lampton students successes, and also the exemplary work and help provided by local grassroots charities around Hounslow, as well as the inspiring people who volunteer for them. This year, our finalists presented to a packed room of parents, local officials, charity volunteers, charity members and national journalists. The 8 groups of Year 10 students did an amazing job – their presentations were inspirational and really evidenced the amount of work they have been doing with their charities. Even better, each and every group pledged their continued support for the charities, whether they won or not! We could not be prouder of each and every single one! There has to be a winner though, and the successful group, working with the Wellington Day Centre, were worthy winners! See the picture of Ambika, Josh, Manisha and Nicky (with their proud parents) below.
Because of the high quality of presentations from the students in the photo below, the school has pledged to give again the two runners up a non-school uniform day – Independent Activities Centre and Phab club. As well as donating £100 to each of the charities in the final – Trinity Homeless Shelter, 2000 club, Harle House, Shooting Star Chase and Pets as Therapy.
Well done to all involved, an amazing job, yet again!
Juliette, Jo & Penny