The Association of Northamptonshire Supplementary Schools hosted an award ceremony to recognise the efforts of community-based endeavours which keep language and culture alive.
The event, held on Sunday, December 7, at Northampton High School, aimed to recognise the achievements of more than 20 schools across the county.
In Wellingborough there is a Gujarati, WACA (African Caribbean) and Polish school, Kettering has one Polish School and in Corby there are Polish, Serbian, Lithuanian and Latvian supplementary schools.
Awards were given out to those students and young people who excelled in maintaining their culture as well as their language with great enthusiasm and creativity, as well as to older students who passed their GCSE, AS and A2 Level examination with flying colours.
Alaa Abouzanad, the ANSS Chairman, said: “During the award ceremony, we not only celebrated the achievements of children and young people but also the achievements of Supplementary Schools who achieved the Bronze Awards within the National Quality Assurance framework.
“I am delighted that so many schools have achieved this award and I am absolutely certain that the other member schools will be achieving this award shortly.”
He added: “Today is about celebrating the efforts, that of the children, teachers and volunteers that make the community what it is today.”
Certificates for the Most Improved Student were awarded by the Mayor of Kettering, Cllr Duncan Bain, who praised the young people’s academic achievements as well as their attitude, respect and enthusiasm for learning.
He said: “Without the drive that these young adults obtain, Northamptonshire would be nowhere; it is from them that we have come this far.”
Arte Brilta, from the ANSS Youth Forum, said: “With the help of the supplementary school teachers and volunteers and the ANSS, we hope to see many more individuals receiving awards for trying their best to maintain their roots and to stay in contact with their country of origin.”
The event was attended by the mayors of Kettering, Corby and Wellingborough.