By 2019-06-19 InCommunity

Tony Wood Award presented by Aljezur school to Year 13 student

This year’s Tony Wood Award, presented by Aljezur International School, has been won by year 13 student Yelizaveta (Lisa) Brown. The annual 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 Lisa was overwhelmed when this year’s result was announced.

“I’ve only been at this school for two years,” she told us. “Yet I’ve made some amazing friends and I can’t believe so many students voted for me. I’m going to Newcastle next year to start university, but I’ll miss Aljezur International so much and will visit whenever I’m back in Portugal.”

Every year, before the award is announced, all the students at Aljezur International are presented with “Being the Best At” certificates. This year, the older students surprised the crowd of teachers, parents and students by turning the tables and also presenting their teachers with “Being the Best At” awards which was a delightful break with tradition.

Tony’s wife, Sue, and his daughter Sophie come to Portugal from the UK every year to present the award and this year they were joined by close family friend Sandra.

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 spirit.”

Tony and Sue when the Queen presented Tony with a medal at Buckingham Palace.

From left: Lisa’s mum Marina Kalin, Silvia Catarino and Karen Whitten (school directors), Lisa Brown (winner), Sophie Wood (Tony’s daughter), Sandra Whitelaw (family friend), Sue Wood (Tony’s wife)

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