INSPIRATIONAL Lewisham pupils were rewarded for their hard work and positive attitudes at a borough-wide ceremony for schools held in Catford.

The Lewisham Pupil Ambassadors Awards is a pioneering scheme in the borough aiming to celebrate motivated young people who are nominated by peers and teachers and tutored by former winners.

Around 700 guests joined Mayor of Lewisham Sir Steve Bullock at the awards ceremony for primary and secondary school students at Catford Broadway Theatre on July 9.

Ambassadors – who range from Year 11 to university graduates – return to Lewisham to mentor younger pupils and inspire them to achieve.

Sir Steve said: "The Lewisham Pupil Ambassadors are an inspiring group of young people.

"They are a typical example of Lewisham’s younger generation because they care so much about not only their own futures, but the future of other young people as well.

"The Pupil Ambassadors have been very successful in Lewisham’s primary and secondary schools and some are now graduating from university and moving onto promising careers while still dedicating time to return to give back to our schools."

Winning categories include an Outstanding Achievement Award which recognises hard work and exceptional progress, with Prendergast Ladywell Fields College students claiming a special award for Outstanding Young Leaders for their 10,000 Hands campaign.

Pupil Ambassador and Chemistry graduate David Falola, 21, said: “The Lewisham Pupil Ambassadors Awards are important because they celebrate the achievements of young people in Lewisham, which should be done more often. 

"These awards spread good news, keep spirits high and bring the community together.”

The winners of each category are:

The Pupil Ambassadors GOAL Model Award:
This award is for highly motivated students who inspire others to do well with a positive mental attitude.

• Annita Adams, Conisborough College (Year 9)
• Emily Millson, Coopers Lane School (Year 3)
• Hok Wong, Deptford Green School (Year 11)
• Charlie Matthews, Forest Hill School (Year 10)
• Michael Pink, Greenvale School (Year 13)
• Lucille Jousselin, Sedgehill School (Year 11)
• Amore Allen, St James Hatcham CE School (Year 6)
• Max Odoch, Watergate School (Year 5)

Outstanding Achievement Award:
For pupils who have gone the extra mile in terms of hard work and overcoming challenges to reach their full potential and make exceptional progress.

• Liam Tierney, Addey & Stanhope School (Year 9)
• Samuel Afolabi, Bonus Pastor Catholic College (Year 11)
• Arjay Samuels, Downderry Primary School (Year 3)
• Desire Samuels, Downderry Primary School (Year 3)
• Destiny Samuels, Downderry Primary School (Year 3)
• Chikezie Oparah, Haberdashers' Aske's Hatcham College (Year 13)
• Dharun Mohanakanth, Lee Manor School (Year 2)
• Glenes Mainoo, Marvels Lane School (Year 6)
• Isatu Momoh, Sedgehill School (Year 9)
• Angel Doan, Turnham Primary School (Year 3)

Working Together Award:

For outstanding contribution to raising the aspirations of others through working in partnership. 

• The Pupil Leadership Team, Trinity Lewisham (Year 11)
• Year 9 Circle of Friends, Sydenham School (Year 9)
• Super Sixes, Coopers Lane School (Year 6)
• Pupils' School Council, Rathfern Primary School (various Years)

The LPA Special Award for Outstanding Young Leaders:

Presented to the Young Citizens’ 10,000 Hands Steering Group of Prendergast Ladywell Fields College. 

The award recognises the exceptional contribution these young people have made through their work on the City Safe Haven Campaign and subsequent 1,000 and 10,000 Hands campaigns.