Collyer’s students past and present have been presented with Lord Mayor Awards, in recognition of their outstanding work on a number of community projects. Current students Zoe Burling and Julia Inglis-Taylor, together with ex-students Jack Culpan, Chloe Maclay, Daniel Rose and Hannah Taffe were thrilled with their success.
The Lord Mayors 800th Anniversary Trust was founded in 1989 with the object of helping young people to undertake projects designed to broaden their experience, develop their self confidence and improve their career chances. An additional aim is to give beneficiaries an insight and interest in the work of the Lord Mayor and Corporation of the City of London. Grants are awarded twice a year to young people aged between 17 and 25. Every year some beneficiaries receive awards, towards the cost of their projects.
Melanie Russell, Assistant Principal at Collyer’s, was very proud: “Our links with the Lord Mayor, the Mansion House and the Mercers’ company has ensured that for a number of years our students have been fortunate to benefit from generous financial awards, enabling them to travel the world and understand more about other communities.”
Zoe Burling’s award was in recognition of time she spent in Kosovo, working in a state run nursery school. She also volunteered at an independent living centre for disabled young people. Julia Inglis-Taylor worked in the townships of Cape Town, on a Youth Community project with Horsham Parish churches. She also learnt more about the Warehouse project working with young people.
Following her studies at Collyer’s, Chloe Maclay continued with her work in a children’s orphanage in Uganda, which she first started with an initial award in 2010. Jack Culpan went to Canada to work in a summer camp with Nyquest (Canadian equivalent of Camp America) to teach children IT skills and outdoor pursuits. Hannah Taffe and Daniel Rose both travelled extensively across Europe on inter-rail. For Hannah the objective was to extend her knowledge of modern foreign languages, while Dan researched the modern history of Europe. Both have been studying these respective subjects at University since September 2013.
Melanie Russell concluded: “These students are a credit to Collyer’s and having the chance to meet other young people that have also completed exciting and challenging activities across the globe has further extended their awareness. Meeting the Lord Mayor was an honour and we all have a great understanding of the function of the City of London and its philanthropic activities. The tea party was a real treat too!”
Report and pictures contributed by Collyer’s.