Despite the challenges following the global Coronavirus pandemic, Oasis Community Learning made sure its bi-annual celebration of students from all across the country was able to go ahead.
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 Birmingham pupil was one of just a handful to receive a prestigious award out of 30,000 young people.
Prabdeep from Oasis Academy Boulton, situated in the heart of Handsworth received the community award for helping to make a difference in her local area.
Shilpa Rathore, Principal at Oasis Academy Boulton, commented on the achievement saying; “Prabdeep is a special individual who is passionate about local and global issues and makes a huge difference in her local community. She thoroughly deserves the recognition and she is committed to all causes going above and beyond to help others. We are extremely proud of her and she has certainly set the standard for other children who aspire to be like her.”
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.
Prabdeep, Award Winner and Pupil at Oasis Academy Boulton, said; “I’m really happy and grateful that the work I do gets noticed and that it actually matters. I want to continue helping the community because I want to make a difference even if it’s just one person. Being able to do so much this past year has inspired me to be more aware of the local community. We all have a choice to make, and I want to make all the good choices in life.”
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.