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Oasis Awards recognise Bristol pupils' achievements

Oasis Academy Brightstowe, Brislington and John Williams' students recognised at the awards ceremony

Posted by Lucinda Reid | December 28, 2017 | Events

More than 700 children and young people from over 40 Oasis academies across the UK converged at a special awards ceremony in Birmingham to celebrate outstanding individual achievements. 

Almost 150 students attended the national ceremony from Oasis academies in Bristol, having won prizes for categories such as sports, arts and culture, achievement and contribution to their communities attended the event. A small number then went on to win national prizes in their category.

Year 9 Oasis Academy John Williams’ student, Szymon Krzyk, won the prestigious Founder’s Award, given to “inspiring individuals who live out the Oasis ethos in their own lives, their academy and their wider community.”

The citation on Szymon’s award read that he “has shown outstanding resilience and determination” and that “his humbling perseverance and unfailing wit brings immeasurable perspective and joy to the academy.”

Vicky Boomer, Executive Principal of Oasis Academy John Williams, said: “Szymon is a remarkable young man who fully deserves to win the Oasis Founder’s Award. His positivity in the face of adversity and outstanding attitude inspires many other students. We are fortunate to have him.”

Year 10 Oasis Academy Brislington student, Jessica Sprague, won the national award for sports (secondary) having represented the school in an astonishing ten different disciplines while also having the time to achieve the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award.

Principal of Oasis Academy Brislington, Peter Knight, said: “We are delighted for Jessica to have received national recognition for her sporting prowess. She has the winning combination of talent, dedication, and a terrific attitude – she is a credit to the Academy.”

Stuart Souch, Year 11 student at Oasis Academy Brightstowe, won the One Oasis Award, given to those students who have shown exceptional commitment to engaging with their Academy’s global partner, or to fundraising.

Stuart enthusiastically engaged fellow students in fundraising for Oasis Academy Musoto, Oasis’s pre-school in Mbale, Uganda. On a visit to the project last year, his determination and commitment to serve the children at the pre-school was inspirational, helping to cement the partnership between the local community and Oasis Academy Brightstowe.

Commenting on Stuart’s award, Joe Docherty, Principal of Oasis Academy Brightstowe, added: “Stuart has a real heart for the young people in Mbale. With others, he worked hard to raise funds to pay for new buildings at Oasis Academy Musoto, and really engaged with the children when he was part of a trip last year – he is an example to his fellow students.” 

England rugby World Cup winner, Matt Dawson, hosted the Oasis Community Learning National Student Awards 2017 at the Birmingham ICC. 

The awards celebrate the achievements of Oasis Community Learning’s young people who demonstrate exceptional character or competence, or are making exceptional contributions to their local communities. 

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