Students from Old Palace, Christchurch, Queens Park and Malorees Primary Schools graduated from the Mosaic Primary School Mentoring Programme in style last week.
The key note speaker was Baroness Manzoor CBE, a Mosaic supporter and Liberal Democrat Life peer who has sat in the House of Lords since September 2013.
Adding to the sense of occasion, the graduation was held in the spectacular settings of the Cholmondeley Room and Terrace at The House of Lords. Mosaic would like to thank Criterion Capital and the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery for their generous support of the primary school mentoring programme.
Baroness Manzoor and Mosaic welcomed the assembled guests, students, mentors and teachers before the graduation ceremony kicked off.
Commenting on the graduation and the successful pilot, Regional Manager for London Anu Atewologun said: “We are so proud of all of our primary school students who go through the programme and graduation time is always emotional. This year’s achievements have been amazing and I’m sure all the graduates will remember their visit to the House of Lords forever.”
All four schools’ students gave presentations to the audience which included mentors, teachers and parents, and were then presented with certificates to mark their achievements.
Baroness Manzoor CBE said: “It was an honour to host the graduation today and meet so many outstanding young graduates and their mothers. Presenting them with the hard earned certificates was a real joy. Talking to the children at the ceremony, it was clear that the mentoring has raised their aspirations and boosted their self-confidence – as was evident when they stood up and spoke to the whole audience. This is certainly a mentoring programme with real benefits for all of the participants which is delivering long lasting results for the local community.
“I would urge mentors to come forward to and get involved with Mosaic and its school mentoring programmes. We’re keen to welcome as many new mentors as possible with a wide range of skills, knowledge and expertise. It goes without saying that the benefit of effective mentoring to the youngsters and their mothers is inspirational but the benefits to the mentors themselves are extremely rewarding too. It really is worth getting involved.”
After the official ceremony the students and guests were treated to a well-deserved lunch.
Jonathan Freeman, Managing Director at Mosaic who welcomed everyone to the event commented: “It has been a real pleasure to be a part of today. Every graduation is special and to hold it in the grand setting of the House of Lords makes it an even more memorable experience for everyone who was here. Well done to all the students, their mothers, teachers and mentors who have made this year’s Primary School Programme such a resounding success.”
Mosaic London is now recruiting mentors to support programme delivery commencing in the autumn term. Anyone interested in becoming a mentor should contact Anu.Atewologun@bitc.org.uk