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Peace car unveiled in memory of murdered teenager

PEACE MOTOR: The car is a tribute to Jimmy Mizen, murdered in 2008

A PEACE car in memory of a murdered London teenager paid tribute to the award winning community work by Our Lady’s Convent pupils in an event attended by Labour MP Diane Abbott this week.

The car named after Jimmy Mizen who was tragically murdered in May 2008, called in at Our Lady’s brand new school building on Stamford Hill on Thursday, September 6, at 4pm. Jimmy Mizen’s parents Barry and Margaret bought the car to celebrate the positive contribution make by the Hackney students.

Barry Mizen told the students: “I want to say thank you to everyone, you are an inspirational school. Your work has already been recognised by being awarded School of the Year by London Citizens. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts it’s a pleasure to be here.”

He added: “I have brought this car along to say thank you for what you have done and to encourage you to keep on going. If we want to live a better more peaceful more compassionate life it’s down to us."

His wife Margaret added: “I want to encourage other teenagers to work to make it safer to make it better, so that Jimmy’s death was not in vain.”

Our Lady’s Convent headteacher Jane Gray threw down the challenge to the present Year 12s and Year 13s to continue the good work started by the previous 6th form.

Former pupils who were involved in award winning community work with the school were invited back for the event. The pupils won the London Citizens School of the Year award for their outstanding contribution to justice and the common good. Pupils worked with local shopkeepers to set up safe zones for vulnerable youngsters, and had championed a living wage for all Olympic Park workers.

Last year, the Archbishop of Westminster toured the local area with Our Lady’s students and praised them for being "Ambassadors for Christ".

His sentiments were echoed more recently when the Diocesan Inspection Report (2012) lauded the school's merits. The report said: “The school’s commitment to action for social justice is outstanding”.

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