2015 Citizenship & Co-Curricular Award Winners

On Tuesday 29 September, the winners of this year's Citizenship and Co-Curricular Awards were announced during the Founders' Day ceremony to an audience of parents, staff, students, old victorians and community partners. Whilst only in its second year, a new benchmark was set by Nathan Le Blancq, a student in Year 11, who achieved a double win by achieving both the top Co-Curricular Award for Colts and the overall school Citizenship Award.

Nathan comments,"It feels really good to have a year's worth of hard work acknowledged from both inside school and from within the community. I feel this is down to the encouragement I have received from my school to pursue personal interests and to give back to the community."

Nathan has displayed a great generosity of time and spirit with an enormous passion to help people. His is incredibly active both at school and in the community, helping colleagues and supporting charitable causes. He is joined by fellow Co-Curricular winners, Daniel Du Val in Year 12 for Senior, and Dylan Kotedia in Year 8 for Junior.

The awards are generously supported by Moore Stephens and Quilter Cheviot Investment Management who are also involved with the judging process, which allows students to develop presentation and interview skills. Nathan's prize includes an engraved gold medal and a cash prize of £500 - to be split with the charity of his choice, the British Red Cross.  In addition to the Citizenship prize, the three top Co-Curricular winners for Junior, Colt and Senior receive an iQ voucher worth £150, and all of the students have their names put on an Honours Board in the main building.

Tim Childe, Head of International & Jersey Office, Quilter Cheviot Investment Management, explains,

"Students have applied from across the school for both sets of awards and all of their applications have been very impressive and inspirational. I am immensely proud to be involved in such a rewarding and enrichening process."

The Victoria Citizenship & Co-Curricular Awards were launched in 2014 in recognition of leadership, personal challenge, and work in the community. They are unique because they allow a student in Year 7 to compete against a student in Year 13, whilst capturing evidence about what they do in their spare time.

Last year's Citizenship Award winner was Henry Job in Year 13 who felt that the new award was fantastic because it gave recognition to students who may possibly go unrecognized for their commitment to the community outside of school.  He had taken on a life-changing experience by travelling to Ghana where he spent a month volunteering to help children less fortunate gain an education through the Maame Mary Foundation. He is now studying to become a primary school teacher at Bristol University.

David Green, Partner, Moore Stephens, finishes with,

"It has been truly inspiring to see the effort that students have put into helping others and their community. As an organisation we are always keen to recognise people's achievements both personal and professional so we are honoured to be supporting the same effort in an academic situation."

Founders' Week is an annual programme of events which celebrate the long history of tradition and what makes Victoria College special by bringing all areas of the school community together. This year it started with students from both the Preparatory School and the College assembling on the front lawn in House Colours for a photograph, the first joint school photo to be taken in over 20 years, and concluded on Friday 2 October with an all-school Founders' Walk.