L-R: Action Jackson and Alim Kamara encourage Year 11s to do their best in this year's GCSEs
L-R: Alim Kamara, Clapton Girls pupil Murshida Mirzan, Action Jackson.
Murshida Mirzan received an award for Academic Achievement after being awarded an outstanding 7A*s and 4As in last year's GCSEs. Her teachers describe her as "an excellent role model who makes a valuable contribution to the school.
City Academy Jazz Band entertain the crowd at the 2011 Hackney Trailblazer event organised by The Learning Trust. Their performance included a standout solo from Rose Jemelijanova, who sang Adele's Feel My Love, and a musical version of Blame It On the Boogie.
L-R: Rose Jemeljanova, 13, Piano/Singer, Jan Habiak, 12, Guitar, Bentley Dankwa, 13, Drums, Tom Willingham, 13, Trombone, Kevin Kameni, 12, Bass
City Academy Jazz Band
Former Footballer and Commentator Garth Crooks encourages students to work hard. He said: “It’s great to see young people having the courage to come on stage and perform. Tonight’s event shows that there is so much talent out there in Hackney, it’s important to capture it and celebrate it.”
Footballer and commentator Garth Crooks congratulates 16-year-old Mossbourne Academy pupil Yagazie Udeaja who achieved 11 A*’s, 2 A’s and a starred distinction in Business Studies in her exams last year.
L-R: Grace Kavanagh, 15 and from Tower Hamlets, and Issy Law, 15 and from Stoke Newington, who received a Trailblazer for their work as Olympic Ambassadors.
left to right: Siobhan Wren (Benthal), Kira Bernard (Parkwood), Alice Baxter (Gayhurst) and Leane Brogan (Springfield).
Haggerston pupil Jeanine Jarvis, 13, who received the 'Achieving Against All Odds' award for producing work of a high quality despite living with Ehlers Stanloff condition, which affects her joints and leaves her in excruitating pain and extreme bouts of tiredness
Juliana Volpatto, 16, Skinners Academy. Juliana, from Clapton, came to Britain from Brazil aged 12 with no English. Four years on she is in the top sets for most subjects and plans to study A Levels after her GCSEs.
Kat B entertains the audience whilst compere Juliet Alexander looks on
Kat B with the award winners from Skinners Academy
Tony Talburt who is an Education and Curriculum advisor at the National Black Boys Can Do association.
City Academy pupils Tom Willingham, 13 (Trombone) and Kevin Kameni, 12 (Bass)
Hackney Free and Parochial C of E School pupil Tamia-Leigh Fowler-Gocul who was awarded a Trailblazer for Creative Arts after wowing teachers with her outstanding pieces of work.
Stoke Newington School pupil Sidony Warner, 17 and from Clapton. It was her birthday on the night, where she picked up an award for Achieving Against All Odds. After losing her sight, she bravely continued her studies and has recently achieved an A in her Spanish exam.
Stormont House pupil Shauna St Philip, 14 and from Homerton, picked up not one but three Trailblazers at Monday's event. Shauna impressed teachers with her transformation from shy girl to inspiring musician and rower, winning awards for individual and team rowing and music.
Eighteen year old Rosanna Dundas wows the crowd with her fantastic solo, as part of a performance by Our Lady's Convent High School.
Standing behind L-R: Maya Britto, Nini Nguyen (both Year 11) Chisom Fadeyi (6th form)
Our Lady's Convent High School Chamber Choir -
L-R: Sixth Form students Leanne Cronin, Chisom Fadeyi,Chante Berry –Gordon and Elizabeth Afolabi
Stoke Newington School pupil Maya Amara, 16 and from Clapton, was nominated by teachers for the 'Turning Your Life Around' award after adopting a mature and focused attitude this year. She said: Last summer I realised that I had one year left to get my grades and knew the areas that I wanted to continue with – so I decided to knuckle down.”
Leanne Cronin, 18, from Our Lady's Convent High School Chamber Choir
Hackney Free pupil Kingsley Ojeikhoah, 14 and from Dagenham, received a Trailblazer for Music. Multi-talented Kingsley sings in a Gospel Choir, the School Choir and is a member of the Hands of Africa drumming ensemble. He is also a talented dancer.
Mossbourne Academy student Dean Cox, 13 and from Clapton, wowed teachers so much with his efforts both on and off the pitch that he was nominated for the ‘Turning your life around’ category at this year’s Hackney Trailblazers awards. He is currently training with Premiership side the Saracens.
Stormont House student Shauna St Philips, 14, in action - she won two awards for Sport and Outstanding Team for her rowing, plus an additional award for Music.