Million Minutes Awards recognise Prior Park students

Million Minutes is a charity that enables youth action and advocacy activities that give voice and support to young people, aged up to 25, to transform their lives and their world. Catholic social teaching lies at the heart of all the charity does – the principles of dignity and equality, of service to the poor and oppressed, of care for the world and the promotion of peace and solidarity. Million Minutes believes young people can change the future for the good of all.

Their Annual Awards honour the achievements of remarkable young people who make our communities and our world a better place and affirms how ordinary young people can do the most extraordinary things. The 2019 Awards were held on Wednesday 3 July with Cardinal Vincent Nichols as guest of honour. Prior Park College had two Sixth Form students nominated for awards: Amelia Manning was nominated for the Jimmy Mizen Award: Promoting solidarity and peace, and Daisy Alston-Horne was nominated for the Joseph Cardijn Award: Promoting the dignity of workers.

Amelia’s nomination highlighted her immensely empathetic, warm, approachable and helpful attitude, both in school and outside. Amelia joined Prior Park at Sixth Form and became Head of Y7 (Brownlow House), sings in the Senior Chapel Choir and engages across school sport. She is also a Beaver/Boy Scout young leader outside of school. Her Housemistress, Mrs Mallon, described Amelia as someone “full of love, warmth and kindness – a true leader who leads from inside.” Amelia was awarded Highly Commended in her category.

Daisy also joined Prior at Sixth Form, having moved from South Africa. She made an immediate impact on the community by her commitment to speak out for justice and her ability to inspire others. At school, she acts as a peer listener, is a member of the school council and is Head of Y7 (Baines House). She engages in the local Youth Parliament, leading the ‘Bus Campaign’ fighting to raise the age of child bus fares to 18, ensuring that all can afford to travel. She has also spoken to students at Prior Park and other schools about the importance of youth participation. Her Headmaster stated “Daisy is a superb leader and role model to those around her, not only in the school but across the local community.” Daisy was awarded the Joseph Cardijn Award alongside St Antony’s Catholic Primary School, Newham.

Prior Park College is immensely proud of Amelia and Daisy and delighted their humility and sense of service have been recognised in this way.