Coldstream Guards Hands Out Awards to Young People

Achievements of pupils at Fulham Cross Girls' School recognised

Coldstream Guards Hands Out Awards to Young People
The girls receive their distinctive awards

May 29, 2023

A special assembly was held at Fulham Cross Girl’s School earlier this month as five pupils were presented with awards by the Coldstream Guards.

17 Company of the Guards form part of the armed forces reserve and are based at the Princess Louise House in Hammersmith Road, Hammersmith.

The Guards aim to celebrate local students for their academic and sporting achievements, social contributions, and efforts in overcoming adversity.

The five girls received prestigious Coldstream Guards statuettes for their achievements from Major Rudy Vandaele-Kennedy and Captain Henry Willis. They each also received personal awards for their achievements.

Ealaf Al-Najar, 14, received a social contributions award for her hard work in the school eco-club where she created an eco-wellbeing garden and organised a school dance to raise money for children’s charity UNICEF.

“Receiving a Coldstream Guards Award in assembly was brilliant,” said Ealaf. “It was really exciting, and it definitely encouraged me to do more and empowered me to strive for similar achievements.”

Sariah Brown, 16, received a statuette for her sporting achievements in rowing, including volunteering at Fulham Reach Boat Club.

Mary Hay, 12, won the academic achievements award for consistently going above and beyond during her lessons.

Amelie Granjean, 13, received a statuette for her social contributions. She was nominated for taking part in as many extra-curricular activities as possible.

And Ayomide Jacobson, 14, was named the Overcoming Adversity award winner. Ayomide was nominated for her work as a young career, showing resilience despite the challenges she faces, and her 100 per cent attendance at school.

Coldstream Guards statuette giving ceremony, attended by Cllr David Morton (second from right, back row) and Cllr Daryl Brown, Deputy Mayor of H&F (far right, back row)

Victoria Tully, Head of Fulham Cross Girls schools said, “We are so proud of our girls and it’s wonderful to have such public recognition for their achievements.”

“The Coldstream Guards Awards are a fantastic way to celebrate the hard work, dedication, talent and commitment of H&F’s young people,” said Cllr Daryl Brown, Deputy Mayor of H&F. “And I want to congratulate everyone who received an award, they’re greatly deserved.”

As well as a statuette, each winner attended two prize sessions on public speaking, organised by The Coldstream Guards.

They will also be attending further workshops in July aimed at developing their career skills

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