Children at a Bradford primary school took centre stage last week, as the first ever Atlas Achievement Awards were held in front of parents, staff and one special guest in particular.

Atlas Primary school, on Lincoln Close, celebrated the success of their pupils on Friday 31st January with a range of awards from ‘Best Personality’ to ‘Outstanding Piece of Work’ handed out to children across the year groups.

The Lord Mayor of Bradford, Cllr Khadim Hussain, was on hand to present the awards, alongside the Mini Mayor for the day, Year Six pupil, Haider Ali.

Atlas Achievement Awards
Atlas Achievement Awards

Set up to celebrate the success of the pupils, each award was issued to one child, who had been nominated by their year group’s teacher and then picked out of a hat containing one nomination from each class.

Headteacher, Miss Caroline Carr, was delighted to see the children awarded for all their efforts and explained how the event was arranged.

“It was Miss Husna Khalifa and Mr Tasif Khan who really thought up the idea, deciding it would be nice to have this afternoon of celebration and reward the children for all their hard work,” she said.

“Basically we just realised that we had an awful lot of talented children in our school that we are very proud of, and we thought it would be a nice idea to celebrate that with the Atlas Achievement Awards.

“It was great to have the Lord Mayor come down as well to present all the children with their awards, whilst we invited the parents along to really give a community feel to the day.”

Atlas Achievement Awards
Atlas Achievement Awards

During the afternoon of awards, entertainment was also provided at regular intervals by pupils from afterschool clubs and enhancement groups, with kung fu dancing by year three, and Zumba and Bollywood dancers.

It was the first time such awards were held at the school and for headteacher of four years, Miss Carr; it was ‘hopefully the first of many’.

She added: “Hopefully today’s event will help inspire the children and encourage them to try even harder in the future.

“Because the awards are so varied, it’s not just based on academic, rather going on things like personality and extracurricular activities; it gives everyone something to aspire to so it would be great to see more events like this in the future.”

Atlas Achievement Awards
Atlas Achievement Awards

Award Winners:
LITERACY – Hashim Tayyeb (Yr3),
NUMERACY – Imane Yousfi (Yr1)
SCIENCE – Tayyab Hassan (Yr5),
READING – Bilaal KHAN (Yr4)

Reception – Safeeyah Mehfooz, Yr1 – Adeel Zaman, Yr2 – Iqra Ahmed
Yr3 – Faaris Azam, Yr4 – Mumrez Khan, Yr5 – Simrah Bibi
Yr6 – Lyba Bibi

MOST HELPFUL – Jinaan Chaatouf (Yr4),
MOST CONTRIBUTION MADE – Khadijah Akhtar (Yr2),
OUTSTANDING PIECE OF WORK – Amina Iqbal (Reception),
ALWAYS POLITE – Malaika Bibi (Yr3),
MOST DEDICATED – Unias Rehman (Yr4),
PERSONALITY OF AUTUMN TERM 2013 – Sadia Ahmed (Reception)