Student receives Tony Wood Award
This year’s Tony Wood Award, presented by Aljezur International School, has been won by Year 11 student, Nahawa Joseph Pacheco. The award is given in memory of retired fire chief Tony Wood, a valued friend and supporter of the school who died in December 2011 following a short battle with cancer.
The annual award began in June 2012 and every year students are asked to nominate three of their peers who they feel have shown compassion and kindness throughout the academic year. The student with the most nominations wins, and Nahawa was overwhelmed when the result was announced.
“I can’t believe so many people voted for me,” she told us. “I have finished my IGCSEs and next year I’m moving to another school where I can continue my dream of becoming an actress. I will miss everyone at Aljezur International so much but will visit whenever I can.”
Tony’s wife, Sue, and his daughter Sophie come to Portugal from the UK every year to present the award.
Sue said: “It is wonderful that the school Tony was so fond of keeps his memory alive in Portugal by presenting this award every year. Before he retired, Tony was presented with the Queen’s Fire Service Award at Buckingham Palace and it meant more to him than any of his other medals because his peers nominated him. It’s perfect that the Tony Wood Award is given in the same way.”
From left: Sue Wood, Sílvia Catarino (director), Nahawa Joseph Pacheco, Karen Whitten (director), Sophie Wood