Friday, 9 October 2009

I attended the Stephen Lawrence Education Standard Award Ceremony this morning and it was simply brilliant...

The morning started with a performance by the 'Leeds Silver Steel Sparrows' winners of the 2009 International and Traditional World Music Award and was followed by the opening presentation by children from Kippax Ash Tree Primary School which was wonderful. This was followed by a performance by children from Ebor Gardens Primary School whose passionate singing brought tears to many of the audience. Louise Crumbie, Chair of the Stephen Lawrence Education Standard Partnership and I did short presentations which were followed by wonderful performances by young people from the East SILC and Rayneville Primary School an inspired us all.

After coffee we had another strong performance by students from the South Leeds Academy and the showstopper from Rawdon St Peter's CE Primary School who gave their unique, brilliant and very powerful presentation of the Eva Schloss story. Every one of the children performed brilliantly and the child who danced the role of Eva was incredible; dancing with such emotion and feeling.

The arrival of Ed Balls MP, Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with Cllr Judith Elliott, the Lord Mayor of Leeds, capped a simply extra-ordinary morning. Rawdon St Peter's children performed again for the Secretary of State before he spoke about the amazing work we were doing here in Leeds. He also announced that the DCSF would host a national conference and use it to promote the Stephen Lawrence Educational Standard to local authorities across the country.

Sadly after a brilliant lunch with the Secretary of State I had to go back to the office but I am assured that the Celebration continued with an address by Fabian Hamilton MP, presentations from st Oswald's CE Junior School, Kirkstall Valley Primary School and the Aireborough cluster of schools before Patricia Farrell from the Stephen Lawrence Education Partnership gave the closing remarks and vote of thanks. Thanks to everyone for all the hard work that made this event such a brilliant success.

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