Olympic champion Tessa Sanderson joins Newham kids at Awards Day

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Former Olympic gold medallist Tessa Sanderson CBE attended a Citizenship Week Awards Day in East London yesterday, where she told hundreds of Newham pupils that ‘they had a right to have their voices heard’. Newham Council’s Sport Ambassador for the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, was presenting awards to children who had taken part in a programme of activities during Citizenship Week, which focused on the theme "Every Child Matters – Why I, as a child, should have my voice heard". Joining her on the Awards platform were Rowan Adams, Director of Communications, Tate & Lyle, Angela Drizi, Head of Service, Learning and Schools, Newham, Newham’s Civic Ambassador, Councillor Maureen Jones and Andi Smith, Head of South West Newham Education Action Zone. The six-time Olympic competitor extended her busy schedule to join the children in their various workshops and chat to them about their work. Over 250 pupils, teachers and parents from 22 schools in the South West Newham and Manor Park Education Action Zones attended the Awards Day sponsored by Tate & Lyle at West Ham Football Club. Tessa Sanderson told the children that, with the Olympics coming to Newham in 2012, they would be our next champions, whatever their career aspirations. "We care about you, you are our future." Speaking at the Awards, the sports celebrity encouraged the youngsters to express their concerns for the community, pursue their goals and not to miss out on the opportunities life has to offer. "Citizenship Week is a good way of getting young people to think about the role they have in the wider community. It also helps to encourage pupils to voice their views and have the confidence to tell people what they think and how they feel about different issues," she said. Rowan Adams, Director of Corporate Communications, Tate & Lyle said: "The children have thought really hard about the Every Child Matters issues and have expressed sensitive and mature views concerning their place in the community. Tate & Lyle has been sponsoring Citizenship Week for 5 years, and every year it is wonderful to see the high regard that pupils have for their community and how stimulated they are by the fantastic projects and outings organised by the Education Business Partnership for SWNEAZ." Angela Drizi, Newham’s Head of Service, Learning and Schools, said: "It’s been a pleasure to see all the wonderful work you’ve done. One thing that has been happening over the past few years is that we’ve been listening to what young people have been telling us. This year’s Citizenship Week is very much a celebration of that. Your comments help us to continue to make improvements in school to enable you to learn better, which is important for us all." As part of the competition, children from Years 1 to 6 were asked to write letters and design posters demonstrating to London Mayor, Ken Livingston, why children mattered and what in particular mattered to children in Newham. Using a variety of media including collages and digital imagery they raised issues of health, safety, economic wellbeing and personal achievement. Nine winners were each presented with a £20 voucher and a book signed by Tessa, with eight runners-up each receiving a £10 voucher and signed book. A special prize of a digital camera was awarded to pupils from Rosetta School, for a Powerpoint presentation, and to Star Primary School’s Top News Team, for their front-page newspaper production and dedicated "Citizenship" issue of the school magazine. Certificates were given to pupils from Oasis and Edith Kerrison nursery schools for their participation in a "community walkabout". Grange Primary and Scott Wilkie Primary School received the Metropolitan Police Junior Citizens Trophy for safety awareness. For more information contact Ferne Hudson
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South West Newham Education Action Zone’s Citizenship Week 2006 kicked off on Monday 16 January with 8,000 infant and primary pupils from 23 schools taking part in more than 30 exciting events. Past celebrities at the SWNEAZ’s Citizenship Week Awards Day have included Olympic Bid Chairman Seb Coe, celebrity chef Gary Rhodes and Football pundit Robbie Earle. The annual event, now in its 5th year, is a collaboration between South West Newham Education Action Zone, Newham Education Business Partnership and sponsors Tate & Lyle. This year also saw Manor Park EAZ taking part in Citizenship Week, which included activities, such as: learning circus skills to visiting the Greater London Authority, Tower of London, Houses of Parliament and Billingsgate Fish Market, debating topical issues such as substance misuse and smoking, taking part in workshops on environmental awareness, town planning issues and spiritual workshops, as well as some old favourites such as Question Time and Runaround.

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