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Mia Sands - King Solomon High School

Mia making huge steps for herself and her community!

King Solomon High School sixth former Mia Sands won a Jack Petchey Achievement Award – the second time she has done so – for her outstanding work and active participation in the local community and school environment.

“My parents always taught me how important it is to give back to your community, and I am proud to represent King Solomon High School with the award,” said Mia.

When she was younger, Mia joined the Jewish youth movement Bnei Akiva on Beehive Lane in Ilford, and soon graduated to becoming a leader and Vice-Chair of the organisation.

This involved planning meetings, organising fun activities and overseeing programmes for young people aged 6 to 16. Mia continues to be involved with Bnei Akiva and when she leaves King Solomon High School in July 2014, intends to take a gap year with Bnei Akiva to teach and lead young children in Israel.

As well as leading children’s services at her local synagogue, the Chigwell and Hainault Maccabi, Mia volunteers with ‘Chigs’ youth club. One of the main things she has been involved in is the youth club’s summer scheme.

“I have really enjoyed volunteering my time at Chigs,” said Mia, “It gave me the opportunity to use my talents to help others, I love art and I am doing it for A level at King Solomon, so I was able to help with the creative side of the summer scheme art activities and encourage the children to discover their own abilities”.

Every week, Mia, who is Deputy Head Girl at King Solomon, goes into nearby Ilford Jewish Primary School to help out with Literacy, Art and Jewish Studies. She would like to do teacher-training at university, and hopes to become a primary school teacher in the future. “For me, it’s all about giving pupils the confidence to be who they are, and when I volunteer at the school I love telling the children ‘Well Done!’”.

Mia has recently been nominated for the Redbridge Young Citizen Award, and declared that she was incredibly honoured to be a nominated.


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“My parents always told me how important it is to give back to the community”