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Awards pay tribute to pupils’ special work

A NEW award has been presented at a Bognor Regis school’s excellence awards.


The Regis School’s Rights Respecting Award was given to Year 10 student Johan Keijser-Petch for his exceptional support for both charity work and the rights of children and women.


This included a trip to India to build a school in 2016 as a Virgin Atlantic Scholarship participant.


These activities were in keeping with the school’s status as a UN Rights Respecting School level two.


The award was one of several which were presented on the night to recognise outstanding achievements in community, leadership and charity work.


Special guests who watched the awards being handed over included representatives from Unicef, WE Education Ltd, councillors from the area, former students, Bognor Regis Twinning Association and United Learning.


Geraldine Prosser, of WE Learning Ltd, said: “It was a real pleasure and an honour to have been invited to sit in the audience with the parents, teachers and other visitors to see these amazing young people receive their awards.


“What I love about The Regis School is how you have highlighted and recognised the importance of the non-academic success alongside the academic success.”


More than 150 students received an award at the special night to recognise excellence in achievement and effort during the past academic year.


Taking place in the Arena Sports Centre on the same campus, the students’ efforts were recognised and celebrated in a glamorous ceremony.


It featured stunning performances from dancers, musicians and a dazzling trampolining routine from National League competitor, Izzy Hauxwell, of Year 9. the celebrations also focused on excellence and achievement in every subject and for every year group.


Among the award winners was Connor Grimley, with the Hilary Kingston Trophy for Excellence, pictured right.


Regis School principal Mike Garlick said: “I am incredibly proud of the achievements of all our students.


“We are delighted to be able to celebrate and share such a wide range of successes, not just in the academic sense, but also to recognise the charity and community contributions that so many of our students make, as true Rights Respecting citizens.


“We look forward to seeing these achievements and talents develop and we will continue to celebrate our students with their parents and the wider community.”


Unicef states there are four key areas of impact for children at a Rights Respecting school: wellbeing, participation, relationships and self-esteem.


“The difference that a Rights Respecting school makes goes beyond the school gates, making a positive impact on the whole community.


“By promoting the values of respect, dignity and non-discrimination, children’s self-esteem and wellbeing is boosted and they are less likely to suffer from stress. A child who understands their rights understands how they and others should be treated and their sense of self-worth is strengthened.”

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