Driving up a sunny, tree-lined avenue and beholding a beautiful Tudor palace, which once belonged to Henry VIII, was the beginning of a fantastic day for myself, Mrs Russell and four very excited Tabor Academy students.
New Hall School, Boreham hosted the INSPIRE Essex event in which the prestigious Diana Awards were delivered in a star-studded ceremony. Ricky Rayment (TOWIE) presented the certificates, along with Tessy Ojo, Diana Award Chief Executive, and there were performances by pop sensations Faith Nelson and Larissa Eddie.
There were schools and academies represented from our region, and as far as St Albans and Norwich. There are five winning categories, which range from anti-bullying to courageous citizen, in which groups or individuals can be nominated.
Our very worthy recipient was Year 11’s Anna who is passionate about human rights and campaigns to help those more unfortunate than ourselves. She received the Diana Champion Volunteer Award for her dedication to helping in the community. She volunteers at the Cancer Research shop every week and during the summer holidays she reads with young children at the local library. She has also organised charity days for many well-deserving causes.
Afterwards we attended different workshops arranged by Barclays Bank. Anna, Shauna, Rachel and Wezi went to learn interview techniques and CV writing while Mrs Russell and I learnt more about behind the scenes and how the Diana Awards are progressing.
Lunch was a wonderful affair and our hosts provided some fabulous dishes and desserts for us. Everyone was really friendly and helped us navigate the corridors without getting lost! There were workshops again during the afternoon and then we all came together to share our findings and thoughts. The girls were asked to devise a project that could be implemented within school and they all said how the day had inspired them.
Every one of our students conducted themselves impeccably and were a credit to Tabor Academy.
At 3.30pm Mr Sawyer came to collect us in the Tabor minibus and we took one last look at the wonderful tranquil scene, the fabulous building with an imposing cedar tree in front and a typical English cricket match being played in the late afternoon sunshine. What a perfect end to a glorious day. Mrs Aves, Library Manager