Success for CREST teacher and student
In the last month, we’ve seen both a CREST teacher, and CREST student win major UK awards. It’s been really exciting to hear from them, and we want to celebrate their success:
We are delighted that Stephen Jones, 41, from Penglais School in Aberystwyth received the Institute of Physics teacher award after being described as an "exceptional teacher".
BBC Wales stated “The award citation read: "He has worked tirelessly to develop the introduction of the BTEC Applied Science course, and has introduced the CREST Awards scheme for special needs pupils, which has helped enormously with motivation and given pupils a great sense of achievement."”
Stephen has supported students through their Bronze and Gold Awards, and students have also undertaken Silver in school as well.. With projects ranging from model rockets to Engineering Education Scheme Wales activities, the school certainly seems to have a lot of STEM enrichment going on!
For more on his story please visit: BBC website
We are also celebrating the achievements of Saheefa Ishaq, 13, from Redmoor Academy who was nominates for the WISE girl award this year along with fellow nominee and CREST Award holder Holly Giles from Portsmouth High School.
Saheefa was chosen as the winner out of the four shortlisted girls, and Holly was Highly Commended.
Saheefa, also a member of the CREST Youth Panel, said “Out of all the amazing girls in my category, I couldn't believe that I was chosen by the judges to win the award! The judges commented that one of the things that made me stand out apart from my age, was my achievements through CREST. I'm so fortunate that doing CREST has opened so many doors for my future and allowed me to express my desire to achieve”.
We hope Saheefa continues to encourage other young students to undertake STEM subjects in clubs and as part of their formal education. Pursuing STEM subjects has helped her learn new skills, gain national recognition and travel to the US to represent the UK – not too shabby for a 13 year old!
Congratulations to Stephen, Holly and Saheefa on their success from all in the CREST team!