Looked-after children get VIP reception at celebration of their achievements

PUBLISHED: 09:00 11 October 2016

Councillor Teresa O'Neill wirth some of the event's sponsors

Councillor Teresa O'Neill wirth some of the event's sponsors


The annual event featured a range of fun activities and entertainment

More than 100 children, young people, parents and carers were given a VIP reception as they attended the council’s annual Looked After Children’s Education Achievement awards last week.

Mayor of Bexley Eileen Pallen gave the children a special welcome as they walked up the red carpet, with camera flashlights and a velvet rope marking their entrance.

The annual event was established to celebrate the educational achievements of the borough’s looked-after children and give them a special night to remember.

Youngsters were able to take part in a range of fun activities, including a photo booth, face painting, a chocolate fountain, cake decorating, balloon modelling, origami, mug decorating, flower arranging and computer games.

There was also a chance to meet the real engine driver of the Hogwarts Express, Leon Bond, who was on hand to sign autographs and pose for pictures.

At the start of the event, the council’s director for children’s services, Jacky Tiotto, reminded guests that they were fantastic and asked those old enough in the audience or their carers to tweet why using the hashtag #youarefantastic.

Rose Bruford students provided the atmospheric lighting for the event and Bird College helped produce the entertainment following a special summer programme they ran with some of the young people at the event.

Council leader Teresa O’Neill said: This event gets bigger and better each year. I can’t thank the sponsors and staff enough for their involvement and support.

“Each year they give up their time and services free of charge to give our children and young people an amazing night.

“Our virtual school team are also involved, working with our young people every week at the homework club, helping with the performance preparation over the summer and readying the awards on the night.

“Each and every one of the children and young people present have faced some kind of upheaval that led to them being in our care.

“As their corporate parents we owe it to them to remind them that they are fantastic and that their achievements should be recognised – and that’s exactly what we do every year!”

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