The reward is a memorial to Louise who was a wonderful, and much missed, member of our congregation and a remarkable woman in the history of Manchester too. You can read about Louise on our church blog – click here.
Louise had a special heart for the marginalised of city life, and a special concern for those of minority ethnic groups. In addition she was a committed foundation governor at St Chrysostom’s School.
When she died, in her honour, St Chrysostom’s School instituted the Louise da Cocodia award at St Chrysostom’s School. Towards the end of the academic year staff at the school are asked to nominate a child who has made a special contribution to school life through the year. This isn’t particularly intended to be someone who has achieved academically but rather someone who by their manner and work has built up care and love in the school. In a sense its like a citizenship award.
The award emphasises that school life encompasses more than lessons and is about helping others, caring and good relationships. Of course its difficult to choose and most of the children would be worthy nominees. This year it was so difficult to choose that we decided to give two awards.
At the end of year assembly in the school Miss White and Mr Birks explained the reasons for the nomination, and talked of the help, kindness, sensitivity and warmth Muskaan and Alisha have shown, and of the valuable contribution they have made during the school year not only in the class but throughout the school. The children received their award with loud applause from all the children at the assembly.
Well done to Alisha and Muskaan – may you continue to be as aspiring, and as happy, as Louise was!