Inspirational students are young citizens others respect

TEAM WORK: Teachers have nominated a total of 12 students for awards, with six of them pictured here.
TEAM WORK: Teachers have nominated a total of 12 students for awards, with six of them pictured here.

Students from one of Sudbury’s secondary schools have got top marks from their teachers for the things they do to help others.

A dozen pupils from Thomas Gainsborough School have been nominated for awards which recognise achievement and community-mindedness.

Deputy headteacher Helen Yapp said: “We always believe in excellence, and not just academic excellence, so it’s wonderful our students are being recognised for the work they do inside and outside the school.”

The students have been entered for the Sudbury Rotary Young Citizen Award 2014, which is supported by the Free Press and organised by Sudbury’s two rotary clubs.

Now in its sixth year, the young citizen awards were set up to recognise the achievements of young people under 25, whose personal courage, achievement or contribution to the community should be recognised and celebrated.

The editorial team of Thomas Gainsborough School’s newspaper has been put forward by assistant headteacher Carmel Bavington.

Jack Harman, Eartha MacGibbon Harold, Aaron Bennett, William Rawden and Rhiannon Merryweather produce a bi-monthly publication.

Mrs Bavington said: “They are multi-talented individuals who work well together as a team, bringing us their creative talents and technical skills. They volunteer after school, playing an important role in communicating to students, parents and the wider community.”

Mrs Bavington also nominated Lily Skeggs, 11, who was born with a serious heart condition, Catherine Bramhald, 18, who is head girl, and deputy head boy and deputy head girl William Nicholson and Brooke Wright, both 15.

Enduring many surgical procedures, including open heart surgery when she was just eight months old, Mrs Bavington said Lily demonstrates enormous determination and bravery.

“She is an inspiration to her family and wider community,” said Mrs Bavington. “She has 100 per cent attendance at school.

“She and her family are keen to raise awareness of heart conditions in the young.”

Head girl Catherine Bramhald is described as an “exceptional citizen” always displaying a “can-do” attitude.

William Nicholson and Brooke Wright are the school’s first ever deputy head boy and head girl.

“The biggest accolade was that the student body re-elected them for a second term of office. They have secured respect from students, staff, parents and visitors alike,” added Mrs Bavington.

Learning mentor Tracey Welsh has nominated four students for the awards.

William Rawden, 15, regularly contributes photographs to the school newsletter and is a leading light in the school theatre’s technical crew.

“He is responsible and reliable and always prepared to give up his own time to attend school events,” said Mrs Welsh.

Young leaders Angel Richardson, Ethan Barrett and Beth Stenson, all 14, will be taking part in the World Scout Jamboree in Japan in July 2015 and have been fundraising both in and out of school to raise the money they need to take part.

Winners of the Sudbury Rotary Young Citizen Award will be eligible for nomination to the national Rotary Young Citizen of the Year Award.