Redbridge students win Jack Petchey Awards in Ilford

PUBLISHED: 18:13 30 November 2017 | UPDATED: 18:13 30 November 2017

Jack Petchey Award winner Donte Gordon in the recording studio at Redbridge College

Jack Petchey Award winner Donte Gordon in the recording studio at Redbridge College


The Jack Petchey Awards being presented tonight (Thurs) at Redbridge Town Hall highlight the achievements of some very special students and leaders.

Here we look at some of those who will be receiving their prizes.

Sami Vieru, 12: Sami attends Beal High School, Woodford Bridge Road, and the school said he was nominated for “excelling above and beyond in all subjects, but especially in maths, science, and English”.

“He is a polite, hardworking young man who enjoys his time at school,” a spokeswoman said.

“Sami always strives to do his best in all subjects and gets involved in various extra-curricular activities.”

He was selected to be a reader at the Christmas concert and was one of the few Year 7 students to join the Speaking Challenge team who competed against other schools.

“Sami has coped well with the transition to secondary school, he is well liked and has demonstrated that he will go from strength to strength during his time at Beal.”

Sami spent the £250 award grant on new design and technology equipment.

Nivraj Chana, 18: Nivraj presented his A-level science practical work at Chadwell Heath Academy, Christie Gardens using the professional application LaTeX.

This programme is the standard “programming language” used for publishing real scientific research.

A spokesman said: “He went above and beyond the call of duty by submitting his work using LaTeX.

“Amazingly he learnt all of the necessary functions himself in just three days and his analysis went well beyond the scope of the A-level course.

“His work has provided a benchmark which not only challenges his own capabilities, but also pushes his peers to emulate the strength of his work and push their own assessments beyond their expected levels too.”

Nivraj decided to spend his £250 grant on a digital oscilloscope for the science department.

Janahan Suthakar, 17: This Ilford County High pupil was nominated for a Jack Petchey Achievement Award by his teachers at the Fremantle Road school in Barkingside for his continued support of the library service.

A spokesman for the school said: “For the past few years, he has spent his six-week summer holidays volunteering with the Summer Reading Challenge at the Robert Jeyes Community Library.

“His previous experience and enthusiasm for the role made him a valuable asset to the team. Janahan concluded his time at the library last year by spending three extra days helping to put together the newly refurbished school library for Dorothy Barley Infant School, just in time for the start of the new academic year.”

The school said that Janahan was the only volunteer to commit to extra work and his dedication and hard work should be recognised.

Zacchary Igielman, 17: The Kantor King Solomon High School student has been described as a “role model to his community”.

He took the lead in delivering numerous presentations to the school in Forest Road, Barkingside, for Holocaust Memorial Day, .

He wrote a presentation on the life and legacy of his grandfather, who was a Holocaust survivor, and presented it to every student in school over five days of assemblies.

On top of this, he also delivered the presentation to a large audience in Valentines Park.

“Zacchary showed utter dedication to the talk and was passionate about keeping the memory of his grandfather alive,” a school spokesman said.

“He was committed to bringing the story to the largest possible audience, so that more people would benefit from the knowledge of his grandfather’s story.”

Zacchary decided to spend his £250 Jack Petchey Achievement Award grant on new soft seating for the student lounge.

Donte Gordon: This Redbridge College student with a flair for music has been praised for his hard work over the past year.

He has been busy showcasing his skills in sound and lights engineering at the college, in Barley Lane.

In his first term, he dived headfirst into every activity thrown at him, including taking charge of the sound at an open evening event.

On the night, he could be found queuing music and working the mixing desk for the performing artists, often learning their routines on the spot.

And last year, the teenager also took part in a Christmas performance, in which his group devised and created their own lighting and sound cues.

He has also recently revealed that he is quite a gifted composer, and the college can’t

wait to see more of his talents!

His commitment to his studies will see him go far.

Donte decided to spend his £250 Jack Petchey Achievement Award grant on a trip to Thorpe Park for him and

his classmates.

Salma Abdullah, 16: Salma studied at Mayfield School in Pedley Road, Goodmayes, spotted a toddler wandering in the street last winter.

Along with another student, she brought the two-year-old to school so that he was safe.

A spokesman from the school said: “The police were contacted and the boy was soon reunited with his family.

“Salma acted in a very mature and responsible way, allowing the boy to wait in a safe and secure environment.”

Jack Petchey credited her actions and said she gave “outstanding support” to a vulnerable child.

As part of the award, Salma gave her £250 award prize to Mayfield School’s food technology department so that it could purchase new mixers and food processors.

Chrystal Allen: This mini Delia Smith has become a dab hand in the food technology department at her school.

Chrystal, who attends The Forest Academy, in Hainault, is a shining star when it comes to helping out.

She was especially helpful to the school, in Harbourer Road, on its Year 6 open day.

After noticing that the department had no technician available to help prepare for the event, Chrystal came to rescue.

She approached the vice principal offering her help and stayed until 7.30pm to make sure that everything was done.

She is well known for her kind nature and is extremely supportive of younger students, and often spends her lunch time volunteering at clubs.

Chrystal decided to spend her £250 award grant on cooking ingredients for the food

technology department, so that Pupil Premium students can take part on practical tasks.

Alannah Grant: The passionate musician has been described as an excellent role model for her peers and younger students.

She attends The Ursuline Academy, Morland Road, Ilford, and shows that keeping focused in school will help you to excel in your studies.

On top of her academic success, she is a dedicated member of many after school clubs.

Allanah is heavily involved in music and takes part in the school Glee Club, choir and orchestra.

She attends both the Redbridge choir and orchestra in her free time.

She decided to spend her £250 Jack Petchey Achievement Award grant on new music sheets and vouchers to go toward a musical rewards trip at the end of term.

Shifa Idris: The Valentines High School pupil has been praised for her efforts to give back to the community.

She has applied herself tremendously this year and raised hundreds of pounds for charity.

She has sought out opportunities to take on additional responsibilities and is committed to developing the Valentines school community.

Shifa has helped raise more than £1,000 for Cancer Research UK, which is a tremendous achievement.

She is well known for always going beyond what is expected and is regarded as an excellent role model to the younger students.

Teachers describe her as a dedicated individual and an integral part of the school community.

Shifa spent her £250 Award grant on new technology equipment for the school and a contribution to a trip to Thorpe Park.

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