Mayor of London Team London Award Ceremony
As part of the WE Schools programme, on Monday 6th November Ms Dempsey and Ms Ereira attended City Hall for the Mayor of London Team London Award Ceremony where they met with 3 former Kelmscott pupils, Alexandra Maruntelu, Antonia Malea and Jazal Babar, members of the original project team. At the event they met another former pupil and project team member, Saran Ford-White, who was attending the event to celebarte the achievement of her sister, another former Kelmscott pupil!
Kelmscott were being recognised for the school’s dedication and commitment to raising awareness on FGM issues amongst young Londoners by being awarded the Community Action award .
Team London encourages all Londoners to become active citizens and to give their time to make the capital a better place and Kelmscott, thanks to the involvement of our pupil volunteers to working within their local community is a Team London school.
Following a series of pupil workshops delivered by local anti- FGM campaigner and survivor Hibo Wardere, a group of pupils, led by Ms Dempsey, helped to create and install a number of public art pieces to raise awareness of FGM. In December 2015 Kelmscott hosted the first ever anti-FGM conference, Rise against FGM, together with two partner schools. This event was held to showcase the work that the pupils had completed. Kelmscott pupils put on a fashion show of the t-shirts they had silk screen printed with images and slogans. One of our Year 11 pupils, Maya Sokolowska showed her film of pupil reactions of the practice of FGM and the work pupils had undertaken with Hibo. Pupils were not only involved in the t shirt printing, but they choreographed the fashion show, documented their work with photographs, created a FGM awareness leaflet for young people and helped to design a mural which is painted on an external wall in our school. Their work was displayed at the Houses of Parliament in November 2016. Pupils were interviewed and appeared on BBC Worldwide and Radio 1 Newsbeat.
The project would not have been as successful – nor would it have had such an impact - without the involvement, dedication, support and commitment of Hibo Wardere, Sarah Vallois, a teaching colleague and Emma Scutt, mural artist. We would like to thank them for their valuable contribution to this project which helped us to be recognised in this way. We would also like to thank all of the other pupils involved in this project – this award is in recognition of their hard work too.
At the start of the evening Joanne McCartney, Assembly Member for Enfield and Haringey and Statutory Deputy Mayor, welcomed everyone to the event.
We were presented with the Community Action award by Joanne McCartney and celebrity and actor Christopher Biggins. After the presentations, the pupils had the opportunity to meet Dame Barbara Windsor DBE and have their photograph taken with her and Christopher Biggins.
It was a lovely event celebrating the work undertaken by a wide range of volunteers and volunteering organisations. We would like to pass on our congratulations to all the other winners and nominees.
We would like to thank Robert Janke, WE Schools Coordinator, and Melissa Agnew, WE Schools Programme Manager, for their encouragement and support.
Waltham Forest volunteers celebrated for the work they do to help fellow Londoners. WALTHAM Forest’s volunteering stars who help to make the city’s communities stronger and more integrated have been rewarded for their hard work at the Team London Awards at City Hall. http://www.yellowad.co.uk/article.cfm?id=128622