Fishpool Awards Evening 2012

The 2012 Awards Evening at the Picturedrome was another joyous and successful occasion.
The evening began with a talk by Dee Russell-Thomas on the need to support and promote Black educational achievement in our schools. Clare Cody described the many Fishpool projects and initiatives which have run this year in our schools, from the Black Literary Competition to school Buddies and Peer Mentors, to the primary and secondary pupils who have worked with a READS Learning Mentor.
The first performance of the evening was by Millbrook Academy. The Head Girl spoke eloquently about her future plans and ambitions and the highly enjoyable performance included poetry and dance.
Gloucester Academy then spoke about their Fishpool programme throughout the year and pupils showcased a wealth of talents: singing, rap and dance.
Next, Severn Vale gave a fascinating presentation on the history of Mowtown music, set in its historical roots of protest against racial prejudice and discrimination.
Pupils from Churchdown School Academy enthralled the audience with superb solo and duet vocal performances.
A new innovation this year was the inclusion of pupils who are “honorary” members of Fishpool. These included representations from Newent and Marling schools, a talented rap singer and a gifted jazz singer.
Another new addition to the evening was the involvement of primary school pupils. The seven year old representative from Elmbridge Infant school stole the show with her beautifully composed poem about animals.
The performances concluded with a dance by a Gospel Group and the African Caribbean Association School, who recited an inspiring poem about the importance of education, which very aptly summed up one of Fishpool’s underlying principles.
Mr Paul Dennis presented Awards to Fishpool pupils who have made exceptional progress throughout the year. He spoke very movingly about his late wife’s commitment to young people and their educational success.
The Dee Russell-Thomas Adult Award, for efforts to promote the education and advancement of young Black people in the community, was awarded to Carlton Green, who has worked tirelessly for many years to help and support young people in Gloucester.
The evening concluded with an inspirational talk by Jim Roberson, a motivational coach, who volunteered to address the event and share with the audience his powerful message on the importance of hard work and engagement in school and the value of a good education.
We were delighted to once again be performing to a packed house at the event. We greeted old friends from the community and welcomed many new spectators this year. We look forward to next year’s event to celebrate the continuing success and achievement of all our young people in the coming year.

Clare Cody

May 2012

Introduction: Clare and Dee

Millbrook Academy

Gloucester Academy

Severn Vale


ACA Saturday School



Elmbridge Infants

Pam Dennis Award

Dee Russell-Thomas Award

Guest Speaker - Jim Roberson