Woodside High School tops the nominations list for the Haringey Outstanding for All Awards!
We are absolutely delighted to be the school with the highest number of nominations for the annual Haringey Outstanding for All Awards! We are particularly proud that Woodside students have been identified as outstanding for a wide range of categories. Brianne Pinkney, Year 9, has been nominated for the Outstanding Achievement in Sport and the Arts Award for her incredible commitment and skills in martial arts. Melisa Alpdogan, Year 10, and Sultan Stevenson, Year 11, were nominated within the same category for their amazing musical abilities and significant contribution to the Music department. Kleida Nanaj, Year 11, also features in the same category for her dedication and talent in Art. Kevel Dobbs, Year 10, was successful in his nomination for his phenomenal dance skills and Toyin Ogunyankinnu, Year 11, was nominated for the Overcoming Adversity award for her hard work, dedication and resilience. The entire Year 10 Peer Mentor group was also identified as worthy contributors to the Outstanding for All awards in recognition of all their hard work to effectively challenge bullying and to ensure that all young people at Woodside feel happy and safe. We are absolutely delighted that our safeguarding mentor, Jurina Ikoloh, was nominated for the Support Staff of the Year award. When asked by the award committee about Ms Ikoloh, Ms Robinson said “Jurina has transformed the lives of young people at Woodside High School, and when I speak to young people who have left the school, some of them will say that Jurina is the person who made the real difference for them in their lives. She enabled them to succeed, enabled them to feel safe, to feel happy and to go on to do great things beyond Woodside. They say it is Ms Ikoloh who made that difference, and for that reason, she is absolutely deserving of this award”.
The judges have an incredibly difficult task of deciding the overall winner from this year's nominees. Here's what some of them have to say:
I was so impressed with the shortlisted nominations – it really showcased the talent and dedication of Haringey’s students, staff and governors.
Cllr Elin Weston, Cabinet Member for Children & Families
I was honoured to be asked to help judge the nominations. It struck me that everyone nominated is really a winner. We found it hard to pick out those who will ultimately receive the awards. There is so much to celebrate in our schools, young people and the adults who teach and support them in their learning. It is encouraging that we had nominations from across the whole borough and representing many of the diverse communities we serve. It was especially exciting to receive nominations from parents and young people and to treat them equally with those submitted by head teachers and other professionals.
Peter Desmond, Head of Music & Performing Arts, Haringey Council
Being immersed on a daily basis in education issues in my work, it was a real pleasure to be invited to be a judge and to have the time to sit with other professionals and read about and debate the many and varied inspiring achievements of our ‘schools’ community. The process reaffirmed to me the breadth and depth of achievement, innovation and triumph happening not just among our nominees and overall winners but which is evident on a daily basis across the community of Haringey schools, and reminded me of why I love working in Haringey.
- Eveleen Riordan
We are enormously proud of all of our nominees and look forward to finding out who will be the overall winners within their category at the award ceremony on 5th December at Alexandra Palace!