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Alsop High School has been shortlisted for a regional educational award. The Hope 2016 initiative is being considered for the “WOW” category of the 2016 Educate Awards. This is a prestigious awards ceremony for schools to be held in Liverpool Anglican Cathedral on 18th November 2016.
The 2016 Educate Awards is the biggest celebration of education in the North West. It is the one night of the year where the excellence of schools in the Liverpool City Region, Cheshire and Lancashire is celebrated and rewarded in a unique fashion, bringing together inspiring leaders and support staff to showcase the brilliance within the region’s education sector.
HOPE 2016 involved Alsop High School working with partner primary schools and faith communities to facilitate a festival to tell stories of hope to both school and community. Inspirational speakers such as Margaret Aspinall, Gee Walker and Zigi Shipper, an 86 year old Holocaust survivor, shared their stories of hope in the face of many obstacles and social injustice.
HOPE 2016 was a grass roots community festival and as such is something others can replicate in the places where their live. The vision is that other schools and faith communities will be inspired to create their own festival of HOPE and see this sharing of ideas, hopes and dreams as a way of drawing key community members together.
HOPE 2016 empowered young people with skills to enable them to take responsibility and live compassionately in a diverse society. Young people were encouraged to actively listen to each other, without prejudice and discover common values. HOPE 2016 established and developed relationships between faiths, between communities and between individuals. Young people were able to a dream of a better future. They were equipped with the skills to take a more active role in their communities.
Mr Joe Mangan, Headteacher comments:
HOPE 2016 demonstrated how a school rooted in its community can be a force for the common good. We are delighted that Alsop was able to bring partner primary schools and community groups together to generate shared learning experiences.
Peter Bull, Co-ordinator of HOPE 2016 comments:
We are delighted that Alsop has been shortlisted for the WOW Recognition Award. This initiative encouraged dialogue, collaboration and friendships between students and community leaders including people from different faith communities.
Commenting on the shortlist, Kim O’Brien, founder of the Educate Awards, says:
We’re delighted to reveal the shortlisted schools ahead of the Educate Awards ceremony. With more entries than ever before, our judges found it so challenging to put together the final shortlists for each category.
The dedication, hard work and impact that teachers, support staff and school communities have is truly humbling and it was fantastic to see so many schools enter and put their projects forward. The entries this year have been amazing so thank you to each and every school and best of luck to all those shortlisted.