Wings of Hope Achievement Award

An amazing 58 schools nationally have taken part in the Wings of Hope Achievement Award this year which makes it extra-special that one of our teams won a prize in the finals. The social enterprise programme WOHAA, which has been running for 14 years, supports children through providing free education to underprivileged children in India and Malawi, at the same time as developing the skills and ambitions of secondary school students in the UK. Students gain valuable skills from close mentoring and workshops from corporate partners such as the London Business School and John Lewis.

Hasmonean High School for Girls had five teams which took part in the programme which started last October. PositiviTeam, Team Butterfly, Team Wings of Tomorrow, Team Opportunity and Team Wings of the World spent several months organising activities that would raise funds and awareness for the charity. These included donut sales, bake sales, raffles and mug sales plus many more! Our winning team, Team Opportunity (Shira Myers, Gabriella Jacob, Talia Jacob) did activities such as a raffle but, what made them stand out, was the comic book they created and sold. The team worked well together and produced a snapshot project detailing their WOHAA journey which really impressed the judges! On Wednesday night, at the finals, Shira Myers, Talia Jacob and Gabriella Jacob of Team Opportunity won an award in the ‘Exemplary Team’ category. All three girls have done an excellent job over the last few months in raising money and awareness for this charity which provides an education for some of the poorest children in the world, in addition to developing their own entrepreneurial and team-working skills.

If you see Team Opportunity around the school, please congratulate them. They are a humble, unassuming trio who have worked well together supporting a very good cause.