Tabor at Jack Petchey Awards Ceremony


It was a dark, wet and windy January evening, but inside the Braintree Arts Theatre there was much applauding and happy faces, as students from Tabor Academy received their Jack Petchey Awards. This year’s Jack Petchey Awards ceremony was on the evening of Thursday 18th January. Mrs Robinson, Mr Jakens, Mrs Barrow, Mrs Aves and the students’ parents and relatives watched as Chairman of Braintree Council Stephen Kirby presented medallions to students and adults, a total of 72 people from schools and organisations across Braintree District.

Our wonderful student achievers were Karolina, Millie, Jack, Ruby, Maisie-Jane, Tynisha, Matthew, Alistair and Jaden. Some of the reasons for their awards were charity work, volunteering, being the best in their chosen field, representing our school, excellence in their attitude to learning and being role models to other students. Matthew was even singled out by the Award organisers because of his dedication to volunteering and he recent charity walk for Dementia.

Mrs Aves was one of a few adults who received the Jack Petchey Leadership Award that night. She was nominated for her charity work e.g. Samaritan Purse, committing six years to being a fantastic Jack Petchey co-ordinator and being an excellent mentor to myself.

At the beginning of the evening four of Tabors best singers Tamica, Taonga, Tesani and Mary captivated the audience with their amazing voices. They sung ‘Let it Go’ by James Bay. After their performance a member of the general public approached them to say they were the best performers of the evening. What a wonderful acknowledgement!

The evening celebrations proved that we have some very remarkable young people in our midst and we should be immensely proud of them.

Mrs Barrow, Library Co-ordinator