Ethan Evans and Owen Instrell
On June 27th Karen MacDonald ALNCo, Sally England ALN Assistant and two Year 9 pupils and their families attended the National Autism Heroes event, Holly’s Ball, at the Marriott Hotel Swansea. The event was created by Jo Salmon who wanted to showcase and reward some of the excellence taking place in the world of Autism here in Wales and also celebrate the achievements of children and young people with ASD/ASC.
Jo stated: “There are so many people in Wales who are going that extra mile to help children & young people with Autism. We thought that it would be nice to let people know about this good practice. We also feel that people with Autism achieve so much on a daily basis that maybe goes unnoticed. We would like to show you how amazing Autism is through the awards.”
Jo Salmon, Holly’s Ball Founder
There are 7 Award categories in total and the above mentioned from St John’s reached the final:
Extra Mile Award
The award for a teacher, headteachers, teaching assistant etc who has gone that extra mile to help your children.
The 3 finalists for the Extra Mile Award category are…
· Karen Macdonald - Winner
· Sally England – runner up
The Outstanding Personal Achievement award in Education
· Ethan Evans – runner up
Simon Brooks Ray of Hope Award for friendship
This is a new Category this year in memory of a very special young man who is no longer with us because bullying got too much.
This Award Category serves to remind us that friendship is so important because it really can help pull us through very difficult times.
· Owen Instrell – Winner
It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening. On entry it was plain to see that it was a very special occasion. The attendees were smartly dressed which matched the James Bond theme of the evening. The winners received a stunning glass trophy and the runners up received a medal and certificate in recognition of their achievements.
A very proud evening for St John’s.