Glowing tributes paid to FBA Autism Ambassadors at the Graduation Ceremony in Romford
Tributes were paid to the Autism Ambassadors of the Frances Bardsley Academy for Girls at the FBA/RIEES Graduation Ceremony held on Saturday 11th July 2015 in the Romford Baptist Church hall. The representative of Her Majesty the Queen, Colonel Markham Bryant, Former Mayor of Havering, Councillor Linda Trew and other local councillors joined a large and representative gathering, to celebrate the success of the Autism Ambassadors who are members of the FBA Autism and Disabilities Club. The event also celebrated the lives of parents, carers and the Autism Community in Romford.
Mr. Julian Dutnall, Headteacher of the Frances Bardsley Academy for Girls, praised the work of the FBA Autism Ambassadors – he said even though their grades were important he was also encouraging students of the Academy to add value to the community and he commended the work of the Sixth Formers who were volunteering in the community with the RIEES Autism Club in Romford.
Andrew Rosindell MP for Romford sent a message in honour of the event he said: ‘I want to congratulate the Frances Bardsley Autism Ambassadors for volunteering in the community with the RIEES Autism Club. When I visited the Frances Bardsley Academy for Girls and met with students of the FBA Autism & Disabilities Club, I posed the question: ‘what do you do for others?’ Well here is the answer – I am delighted to see the commitment and dedication of the FBA Autism Ambassadors who have given up their Saturdays to work with young people with autism in our local community. This is social action at its finest! I want to thank the Autism Ambassadors of the Frances Bardsley Academy for Girls for showing compassionate leadership by engaging with the most vulnerable sections of society. You are a credit to Romford and the London Borough of Havering,’ said Andrew Rosindell MP. He also praised the work of Adekunle and Ronke Ogunleye founders of the RIEES Charity.
The eminent academic, Dr. Shihan De Silva Jayasuriya, Senior Fellow in Commonwealth Studies at the University of London and a distinguished UNESCO expert gave the keynote address at the ceremony. She noted: ‘The highly successful partnership between the Frances Bardsley Academy (FBA) for Girls and RIEES has continued over the last three years. FBA students have been volunteering at the club and Mr Julian Dutnall, their Headteacher should be highly commended for encouraging his students to be compassionate to the most vulnerable in the London Borough of Havering. The work of FBA Sixth Form students is highly commendable because they have gone out of their way to help the community. A key strand of the FBA Autism and Disabilities Club is to instil compassionate leadership in their students. Long may the work of the FBA and RIEES continue in Romford to help parents, carers and people with autism,’ said Dr. Shihan De Silva Jayasuriya.
Charlotte Hill, CEO of the Step Up to Serve’ charity spearheading the #IWill Campaign in her message read by #IWill Ambassador Mohammed Usman said: ‘ I have heard some truly awe inspiring examples of young people getting involved in social action via the newsletter and social media. My challenge to you now is to show the rest of your fellow students and friends how great it feels to make a difference to other people’s lives and encourage them to follow in your footsteps so that ALL the pupils at FBA are getting involved in social action that means something to them and has a positive impact in your community. Huge congratulations to all those who have graduated, you should feel very proud of what you have achieved.’
Ivan Corea, teacher-in-charge of the FBA Autism & Disabilities Club said: ‘the FBA Autism Ambassadors were very much a part of a caring and loving community - this was compassionate leadership in action in Romford.’ He applauded their work in the local community.
We are expecting high temperatures tomorrow and therefore the following steps have been put in place for Wednesday 1st July for the wellbeing of your daughter:
- Students will not need to wear their blazer tomorrow
- Students are allowed to use the Main Hall during break and lunchtime tomorrow
- Students should bring sunscreen and a hat if they intend to be outside during break and lunchtime tomorrow
- Students should bring in a refillable plastic drinks container and should ensure that they drink regularly throughout the day
- Please see attached NHS Heatwave Leaflet for your information
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POEM HONOURS HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN – BRITAIN’S LONGEST REIGNING MONARCH
The photograph of Queen Elizabeth is licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0.
Rebecca Hawkins, Vice-President of the Frances Bardsley International Club has written a special poem to honour Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II who is Head of the Commonwealth of Nations. Her Majesty will become the longest reigning monarch in British history on 9th September 2015. Rebecca’s poem is a first for Romford. Her poetry has also been used for the Havering Autism Sunday Service held at St. Alban’s Church in Romford and the first ever Commonwealth Service in the London Borough of Havering.
Queen Elizabeth - The Queen of Hearts
It’s an empty word, gilded in gold,
Meaning lost in an ancient mist,
Stitched into history’s fabric.
She breathes life to the word,
It’s her soul; she is the robe she wears,
But underneath, a woman
Bound to her country, as her country is to her.
Family around her, destiny in her blood,
Caring for her fields, tending to her flock,
Always working, always watching and always listening.
She holds peace’s foundations in her hands,
Carries unity and commonwealth in her heart.
She needs not the valour to wage bloodshed,
Unlike times long ago,
She fights the battles no one sees,
The handshakes and the smiles
That defeat the tight-lipped suits,
And ever constant threat.
And though she may wither,
She will not grow old,
She will join those in history’s mist,
And live life eternal.
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