Trulittle Academic Hero (7-11)
Elnathan has demonstrated an excellence and mastery of his academic studies since starting homeschooling in October, 2018, especially reading and the violin. He began his Phonics course in October 2018, and by February, he graduated from it and began fluently reading books. The same can be said of his violin progress. Elnathan started private tuition in January 2019, and by February, he was sight reading, and has performed at two concerts so far, currently preparing for his third in December. Elnathan-Asher is exceptional in mine and other people's opinion, not just because of his scholastic achievements, but his mental fortitude, his beautiful extroverted personality, and strong confidence in his unique person, in spite of having a father whom he has never met, whom he yearns for, yet does not contact him. This is a boy who took the courage to reach out to his father on the phone and asked him why he does not contact him and is not there for him, and ended up getting shunned with the phone dropped on him. He has learned to cry and talk out his pain to his mother and sister, and turn that energy into something positive by excelling in all that he has put his hands to. I believe Elnathan Asher Hudson deserves to win this award to celebrate him even when others (including family) have turned their backs on him.
- Nov 3rd https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QABNtGY317E
- Dec 13th https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMXflksV1nM
- Dec 21st https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNT78Omm33E&t=10s
- Feb 20th https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBeSNlVWJjQ&t=56s End of Feb finished Phonics
- March 1st part 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JTWB5a6Vbw
- March 1st part 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-PDHImnayQ
- April 16th https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1hP7QWHPpQ
- Sep 9th https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9WRdO1Cl6M
- Feb 12th Teaching my son to read the lines on the music staff https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlDHS8Vpisk
- Feb 21st My son reading music within one week https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOnHsx7AULA
- Apr 10th Playing violin with sightreading https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PoZTAIDTCc
- Feb 20th Elnathan playing violin by memory after one month since starting to play the violin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFeViLzHCVg
- July 15th Second concert solo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-KsLkRbbYM
- July 15th Second concert orchestra pieces https://youtu.be/4yVcVMa8xOY
- Sep 12th Learning a song for the first time https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJ6Yxnr0uds
- Sep 15th Playing that same song with the orchestra days later after only one more practice that morning https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3s0hyflRz_Y
- Sep 19th Playing that same song as a duo
Trulittle Academic Hero (12-17)
While Alexandra was in Reception class at St Boniface RC Primary School in 2010, some tennis coaches from Wimbledon Junior Tennis Initiative carried out a workshop following in which Alexandra was scouted and invited to attend their coaching on a Saturday and Sunday.
She attended these coaching sessions for the next 2 years with a lot of courage, enthusiasm, passion, motivation and dedication, and had the opportunity to enter and compete in local and regional tennis competitions. In 2012 she was invited to join the Wimbledon Junior Tennis Initiative (WJTI) squad, an elite group of their best young players. Not only was she acknowledged by her performance but also for her respectful attitude, strength, commitment, dedication and motivation.
In October 2013 she was offered a scholarship at Tennis Avenue, an international tennis academy in Worcester Park that provides a full-time tennis and education programme.
In April 2014 during the summer season, she entered five Grade 4 (county) competitions winning all of the championships. Moving forward, she also won two out of the five grade 3 (regional) tournaments. In the winter season, she continues to compete for four high profile tournament Grade 3 competitions, winning two and took a runner-up in the other. She also gained experience in Grade 2 (National Competitions) competitions.
In the summer season April-August 2015, Alexandra continues to strive in training and she won THREE National Grade 2 titles, Grade 1 Summer Nationals runner-up and I finished No. 1 in the 10 & under National Leader Board.
In July she reached the final in the OUATT tennis tournament in France, which is one of the biggest tournaments in the world for 9 to 16-year-olds.
Consequently, she had been invited to attend a National Player Camp at the National Tennis Centre run by the LTA Talent Team.
Alexandra has been part of the LTA National Training Squad since November 2015. In July/August 2016 she represented Great Britain in the U12 Girls Summer Cup in which 32 European countries entered. Great Britain finished 5th in the event. She also played for GB U12 girls in a number of friendlies against other European teams. To maintain this level of achievement requires motivation and hard work on Alexandra part. However, to maintain this level also requires a high level of financial support too. But Alexandra’s parents did not give up nurturing her and her future and keeping her engaged and away from local radicals.
Alexandra was shortlisted as a junior sportsperson of the year by Wandsworth Council in 2016.
She was also a respectful leader at School with excellent leadership skills to this, she was awarded the best student of the year award.
Alexandra does not believe in any short cuts, she believes in hard work. She has worked hard at school both in the class academic and around sports. She also enjoys helping her peers and the younger one to develop.
While Alexandra was training for tournament she was still studying hard at her schoolwork.
In 2017 apart from dedicating her time training and competing in various tournaments she was also preparing and studying early for 2 GCSE. At the age of 13, she requested if she could do some of her GCSE earlier. Because her teachers believe that she could do it, they supported her through the studies. In 2018 she completed her studies and sat for the two GCSE Examinations. To this, she achieved Two GCSEs attaining 2 A*’s in Computer Science and Spanish.
Also, in 2017 while she was studying for her two GCSE, she also toured the European Tennis tournaments winning the Champion Bowl Tournament in Croatia against other players of 2004 from all around the world. In the same year, Alexandra decided to tour the USA and competed in two Casey tournaments, winning one and coming runner up in the other, orange bowl and Little Mo. She claimed victory winning The Little Mo (Florida, USA) - 2004 Age Category December 2017
Alexandra is currently the U16s Surrey County Champion 2018 and was a Runner-up in the Open Mixed Double Surrey County Championships. She also competed in the regional Road To Wimbledon 14&U event in 2018 and lost her final match. However, she was awarded a Lucky Loser and qualified to play the international event held a the All England Tennis Club. This was at the same time as preparing to complete all her GCSEs two years early.
In 2019, Alexandra sat seven more GCSEs two years early and acquired grades from A-A*s. This was at the same time as she played for her club in the Aegon and helped lead her team to national victory for the third year in a row. Alexandra again competed in the regional Road To Wimbledon event in which she qualified by winning three matches. She then went through to play at the All England Club against international players and had a great experience.
In 2018, Alexandra represented England in the U14 Girls Home Nations event in Belfast against teams from Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Alexandra helped England place second overall (including all the other age groups)
They lost to wales by one point.
Alexandra has always been an excellent team player and a leading member of her school, Tennis Avenue Academy, which won the AEGON Team Tennis Final 12&U Team Tennis Championship in July 2017, the 14&U team in 2018 and the 14&U team again in 2019. This was a fantastic achievement given that the team were up against the best tennis performance centres in the country, including West Hants, Nottingham, Bath, Gosling and Dukes Meadows.
As she excels in all aspect including sport, social life and academic, another great achievement for Alexandra was being a dedicated member of the u14 girls Surrey County Team that got to the national finals in May 2018, where Surrey County was placed second.
Supporting statement for Alexandra McDonald
We have nominated Miss Alexandra McDonald age 14 because she is passionate and dedicated to the world of sport. Alexandra McDonald acts as a senior member to other younger ones in her training group by supporting, motivating and encouraging them to be good and respective sportspeople and citizens. In this role, Alexandra does mentor work with other young people interested in sports. Alexandra helps the younger and older peers with school homework support and motivates current and upcoming athletes particularly in her school area.
Alexandra has visited our sports club in Wandsworth giving advise on how to improve performance and speaking to the children and club committee about the importance of being a team, eating and sleeping well and good sportsmanship.
We believe that she is a role model for good in all general and in sportsmanship. Alexandra was also shortlisted for the 2016/17 Wandsworth junior Sports-person amongst several talented sporting people. She is able to excel in her tennis game as well as making time for social activities. As a young and elite tennis player, which is a time consuming and taxing sport by itself, Alexandra understands the sacrifices that have to be made and challenges that it can create, especially when it comes to balancing her sport, school-work and social activity. For this reason, we believe that this award will continue to empower and motivate her to continue to enjoy sport, be a role model, be supportive to her peers, and motivate the current and upcoming athletes. Engaging in sports and in the life skills that come with the experience, Alexandra is less likely to engage in or with negative influences and people.
When not studying Alexandra enjoys shopping with friends, going to the theatre with her sisters and chilling with her family. Lexie is now old enough and at the level to enter ITF Tournaments that will allow her to play against the best girls in the world.
Other winning amongst others
U12 Grade 2 National Winner (Sutton) 2017
U12 Grade 2 National Semi-finalist (Nottingham) 2017
U12 Grade 2 National Semi-finalist (Scotland) 2017
U12 Grade 2 National Winner (Doubles)
U 12 Grade 1 Nike Junior National Semi-finalist August 2017
Little Mo (Florida, USA) Winner- 2004 Age Category December 2017
Bowl Winner (Croatia) - 2004 Age category
is a Year 7 pupil of The Royal Hospital School (RHS), Ipswich who is academically driven, passionate and committed to sports. studies in and outside of school. He was found ‘selective’ for the three 11+ Borough examinations he took namely Kent, Bexley and Essex counties, doing exceptionally well in the Kent exam earning over 91%. He also did exceptionally well in his two independent school exams - The Royal Hospital School and Christ Hospital School and was granted bursary and academic awards. His SATS exam were also exceptional he scored full marks in his Spelling Punctuation and Grammar (SPAG) and workedv at greater depth in all subjects.
He has been in the ‘Gifted and Talented’ group since Key Stage 1, and has already bagged several merits in the first three weeks of Year 7 at RHS.
David’s interest in the martial art, Ju-Jitsu has seen him take up membership of the British Ju-Jitsu Association and of Stanford Warriors Club in 2013. He has won many gold and silver medals at the UK Junior Ju-Jitsu Championships and Stanford Warriors Competitions since 2015. He recently passed his Assistant Junior Coach course of the BJJAGB and is now certified to help his Senseis’ with training of the younger classes and his peers. He is currently on his eleventh belt (orange and green), and also a member of the Academy. His key techniques are kata, continuous fighting, random attack, sparring, sumo and ground fighting.
In RHS, David is a ‘right wing’ in the U12 rugby team and is a good defence in their recent matches. He has recently taken up kick-boxing. David was part of the athletic group that put his primary school in second and third place at the Thurrock Borough games in 2016 and Cross Country event 2017
He is also an ardent swimmer and a member of the Thurrock Swimming Club (TSC), and was invited to join Academy 1, which he has completed. He was moved to Stage 7 in TSC in August 2019. He is currently in the RHS free swimming club; and has recently been introduced to initial scuba diving techniques. His key strokes are front crawl, backstroke, butterfly stroke and scaling.
David played Hockey (as Defenseman) in Orsett Church of England Primary Quick sticks Hockey club and they moved from 4th place in 2017, to 2nd place in their division in June 2018. In Netball (as Wing attack) in Orsett Church of England Primary Netball club, they participated in High 5 Netball rally and were 2nd in their category. He also was Wicket keeper in Orsett Church of England Primary Cricket club. Other school teams he belonged to were Running Club and Athletics Club (Track and Field) and his specialities were: 100m, 200m and Cross country; Photography, Art, Gymnastics and ICT.
In April 2017, he received a Certificate of Achievement from PGL Windmill, East Sussex for 5 day Easter camp for his ability to plan, practise and complete tasks as an individual and as a team. Activities included Jacob’s ladder, rock climbing, bungee jumping, tunnelling, zip wire, obstacle course, bouldering, abseiling, parachute, archery, climbing, rafting, commando camp and open canoeing.
In May 2018, his year 5 class went to Lincolnsfields Children Centre for 4 days were they learnt about World War II, and recreated life in similar conditions, living in bunkers with make-believe explosions around, eating rabbit stew, etc. In September 2018 along with 5 other classmates, they achieved a full day of activity at Stubbers Activity Centre, Upminster. Activities included: archery, climbing, commando camp, open canoeing, tightrope balancing, etc. In May 2019, his year 6 class went to Danbury Outdoor Centre for their weeklong residential. David came back with a lot of accolades from teachers and classmates, from both retreats.
David along with 3 of his classmates formed a boy band MDDM in February 2019 and they were the winners of ‘Orsett’s Got Talent 2019’ singing ‘Stormzy- ‘Blinded by your grace’ and Alexandra Burke – ‘Hallelujah’; they have performed at two other events and received standing ovation. David also was ‘Jacob’ in their Year 6’s amazing musical production of ‘Joseph and his technicolour coat’ in July 2019; he sang beautifully. He is currently a member of the RHS Chapel choir and sings alto; they should be performing in St Pauls Cathedral, London in a couple of months.
He plays the piano and the electric guitar and enjoys music, he is a student of the Royal Hospital Music school, and was a member of Thurrock Music Services and Rocksteady Music school.
David has served and continues to serve in his school. He was a librarian in the 2017 academic year, and currently serves as one of the two Junior Road Safety Officers representing his school in Thurrock Junior Road Safety Council in 2018. He was also a Play leader to oversee a group of students at lunchtime in school in 2017.
David is an avid reader and has gained certificates in reading challenges such as Summer Reading Challenge in the past nine years. His flair for arts and design makes him enjoy drawing, illustrating, design technology and coding. In Year 4, his canvas painting ‘the sunbeam leopard’ had pride of place in the school’s Art Exhibition, and raised money for Cancer Research UK. He has also done Readathon to raise money for children’s books in developing countries, and contributed to writing ‘Orsett tales’ which was sent to East Africa as a resource for primary students.
In 2015, his poem ‘On Holiday’ received the Gold award and was published in the ‘Out of this world’ by the Young Writers, Essex and Kent. He continues to write articles periodically for his churches’ magazine ‘The Herald.’
He was the winner of the school prayer competition 2018/19 and this is still being used at all the school assemblies and services in the Diocese.
Fiyinfolwa is a Year 12 student studying for his A ‘levels in Reading Grammar School, Berkshire; a very keen economist who is taking strides to pursuing a career in the field of economics and financial services, working in top establishments like Wall Street.
In his just concluded GCSE, he had 10 As - 8 of which were A* (grade 9) and 2 A (grade 7 & 8) and 1 A (Additional Mathematics).
He is a very academically driven individual, an enthusiastic pupil, always open to new ideas about trying something different in order to enrich his education and develop new skills. He is an active STEM member and has represented his school in several competitions. He is also an avid member of the debating society where he has learnt to extend his aspirations, leadership skills and range of interests beyond the classroom thus enhancing his social and emotional development.
He is a very keen footballer and the captain of his school football team that won the local schools' football league and have progressed very well in the schools' championships. He is also an enthusiastic rugby player and a member of Reading school's U16 rugby team.
Fiyin is part of the drama team, a volunteer in the multimedia department of his local church and an active member in the youth section. He is also very enterprising as he helps out in his parent’s businesses whenever possible
Chika is very academically driven for his age. He is so passionate with his academic especially Maths that he passed with extremely high mark at the age of 7 in an 11 plus mock exams. He has participated during his primary school years representing his school in academic challenges. Currently he discovered a formula for Divisibility in mathematics called Chika Test which classify as a Child Genius. At his current school after her first year, He has currently received an academic award honour for the discovery and other rewards. He is a very polite and humble child and enjoys spending his moments at the school library also and ready to take on the forthcoming GCSE exams. He studies hard and gives up many treats to study more as he wants to achieve great things in life. https://www.westminsterunder.org.uk/announcements/