In the Spring term Year 6 pupils entered work, both artistic and written, for the Modern Day Mary Seacole competition, organised by the Mary Seacole Trust. The brief was to create work about a special person who the children felt embodied principles and inspirational qualities like Mary.
Four Michael Faraday School pupils were shortlisted for the top ten entrants from a total of seventy-five entries.
On the evening of 28th June 2018 some of the pupils attended the awards ceremony. This was a very special and memorable event: meeting and being photographed in front of the Mary Seacole statue, outside St Thomas’ Hospital, and then walking across Westminster Bridge to the reception held at the House of Lords.
Once inside the House of Lords the children were greeted by some very distinguished people who were eager to chat and discuss the pupils’ entries.
MST Chair, Trevor Sterling, gave a speech praising all of the children for their inspirational work and encouraged them to hold on to these positive values for the future. We then heard some beautiful music played by a fourteen-year old student from the Royal Academy of Music.
The certificates and prizes were presented by multi-award winning TV and radio presenter Leah Charles King.
After the presentations the children were able to chat and mingle with VIPs such as Lord Clive Soley, Professor Dame Elizabeth Anionwu and the Mayor of Lambeth as well as request autographs and photos.
We all left feeling we had attended something really special.