Child of Courage Awards 2022
As a school, we are always excited to receive an invitation to attend the annual Children of Courage Awards, hosted by the Grantham and Kesteven Rotary Club. The award’s purpose is to recognise children who have demonstrated courage, despite the odds, in overcoming physical, economic, social disabilities or impairment (mental or physical). GANF took pride in nominating pupils from Ambergate & Sandon.
The ceremony was held on Wednesday 9th March 2022 at Walton Academy in Grantham. It was a fantastic event full of inspiring stories and some very passionate and heartfelt speeches. It was lovely to see these brave children receiving the recognition they truly deserve. The event began with an opportunity to meet and chat with fellow nominees, Rotary Club members and special guest Paralympian Sam Ruddock. Following this, nominated GANF staff members gave a speech, then a certificate and a trophy were presented to each child.
Mrs Gardner, Class Teacher, attended alongside a pupil in Wembley class to receive the award, and she said:
“I have worked with this pupil since September, and it has been a privilege to watch him grow, not only in stature but in confidence and resilience. He has proven to be a valued, popular member of the class, helpful, and has an infectious sense of humour. He is receiving his award in recognition of the challenges, changes and obstacles he has overcome in his life recently. He has applied himself and worked to the very best of his ability and acts as a positive role model to his peers. His attitude towards learning is commended, and he continues to take on the challenges around him. He displays great tenancy and enthusiasm in school and at home. I speak on behalf of the Ambergate team that we are very impressed with this young man through the high levels of dedication, commitment and resilience he continues to show. We are immensely proud and are delighted that he is recognised for his level of courage.”
Miss Gray, Class Teacher, attended alongside a pupil in Oak class to receive the award, and she said:
“Archie is a child who always brings a smile and energy into a room. Archie has experienced challenges recently and has shown his courage and determination to strive, despite all challenges he encounters. Archie can always be found smiling, talking to others or showing off with his awe-inspiring dance moves. He has even found a way to dance in his wheelchair and has developed some new moves! Archie has fantastic relationships with everyone at school, and we are always glad to see his smile. He makes excellent personal and academic progress at school, always wanting to achieve his best. He particularly enjoyed science, where he is keen to participate in experiments and explore around him. Archie has been and continues to be an inspiration to everyone around him by displaying continued resilience, courage, and a positive attitude towards life and its challenges. We speak on behalf of the Sandon team, and we could not be prouder to be presenting him with the award this year.”
The recipients attended the event with their families and the wider community to celebrate their achievements. They received many gifts and donations as part of their award, including a personalised teddy bear with their name sown in, some Pick and Mix from a local company and a gift set from Grantham Gingerbread. We are all so proud of their achievements and want to congratulate them on this award!