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Celebrating the future by writing about our history

TALENT: Nysa Rodrigo and her parents, right, with, from left, The Voice director Paulette Simpson, teacher Mrs Opel, school head Chris Duhig and The Voice’s Leah Sinclair and Garfield Robinson

THE VOICE’S Made By History competition is like no other. With hundreds of entries from young children across the UK, we were able to pick the best of the best as they wrote impressive essays about their most inspiring black heroes.

One of the schools that excelled at the competition was Durdan’s Park Primary School.

Based in Southall, this school had the most students enter the competition, with the overall winner of the Aged 9 category being Nysa Rodrigo, one of their many bright students.

To celebrate their achievements, The Voice held an assembly at the primary school, where each entrant was presented with their certificate of participation and a goody bag courtesy of The Voice and JN Bank.

Director Paulette Simpson was there to present the students with their awards, kicking off with a rousing speech to the excited students.


With 79 students from Durdan’s Park Primary School participating in the competition, there was a huge range of black heroes written about by the inspired youngsters, from the notable Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks to more contemporary black heroes from the world of sport and celebrity, including Will Smith and Serena Williams – all of whom Ms Simpson mentioned, much to the delight of the students.

Other members of The Voice team who attended the assembly included senior executive Garfield Robinson, and events and promotions specialist Cleo Lyn, who were on hand to present the students with their certificates.

While the students were presented with gifts, one student from each age group – Aged 9, Aged 10 and Aged 11 – read out their Made By History essay to their peers, and reiterated the importance of these black heroes that they chose to celebrate.

Winner of the Aged 9 category, Nysa Rodrigo, read out her essay about Mary Seacole, and received some inspiring books from The Voice team. The remaining two students who read their essays included winner of the Aged 10 category, Ryan Masih, who wrote a touching tribute to Bob Marley, and winner of the Aged 11 group, Kathusha, who wrote about Nelson Mandela.

Following the presentation, the teachers of Durdan’s Park Primary School were also presented with gifts, as a thank you for encouraging students to apply for the competition and teaching the importance of recognising key figures who helped push society forward.

The assembly came to an end with a final speech from headteacher Chris Duhig, who praised the students and teachers for their hard work in putting together this assembly.

Now in its third year, the Made By History competition will be returning this year – with even bigger and better things planned.

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