Abbotsbury Primary School in Morden held their special end of year prize giving assembly this week (18 July) to recognise their pupils’ hard work in their school subjects as well as their dedication to community work.
A highlight of the assembly was when cabinet member for children’s services, Councillor Katy Neep, presented the school’s inaugural Maxi Martin Award to Gaya Manorajh and Yoana Georgieva, both ten.
Yoana Georgieva, ten, collects the award.
Gaya has worked tirelessly with the School Council and London Ambassadors, showing great leadership skills and inspiring others. She has initiated a number of charitable projects both locally and globally.
Yoana Georgieva collects the award from Councillor Katy Neep.
The award is in memory of the late cabinet member for children’s services who passed away earlier this year.
One hundred and eighty pupils heard a special pre-recorded message from director of Children, Schools and Families Yvette Stanley, congratulating the winner of the Maxi Martin Award.
She also spoke of Councillor Martin’s commitment to the borough’s children and of the work she did to make Merton a borough of opportunity for all its children.
Headteacher Rowena Maybury highlighted a number of activities which the children had organised including the school’s own Race 4 Life in June which raised £1,588 for Cancer Research and a skippathon in the spring which raised £1,549 for Sport Relief.
Merton Council cabinet member for children’s services Councillor Katy Neep said: “It was a pleasure to meet the children at Abbotsbury and present this award. I know Maxi was very special to both the staff and pupils here. This assembly demonstrates the wonderful work done by many of the children here and I know their families, the staff and I, along with my colleagues at Merton Council, are all incredibly proud of them.”
Headteacher Rowena Maybury said: “Maxi Martin was very supportive of our school. Her last official engagement was when she came to talk to our children about the donations of toiletries they had collected to help refugees in Merton and to ensure they were distributed to those families in need.
“I continue to be overwhelmed by the generosity of our children and their families and how much they genuinely care for others and want to help in any way they can. This prize giving is an important event in our school calendar as we formally recognise the contributions our children make to school and community life and I am delighted that Councillor Katy Neep could be here to present the awards.”