How I Won An Award

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How I Won An Award

By Livingston Pathmanathan (7CLG)

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” 
Nelson Mandela 

Hello, my name is Livingston Pathmanathan. I am in Year 7 and I have won the United Learning Best in Everyone Award for Pupil of the Year (2015/16). Now I want to point out that winning something is not easy; it takes hard work and perseverance. To achieve what we want, we have to have the right mindset and we cannot wander off into different things, like walking away from homework or going somewhere with friends. Anyone can win an award, but only if you are the best you can be. You have to want to achieve; you can’t slack off and do other things. You can do whatever you want, as long as you choose the path that gets you closer to the goal. However, I think that there are some important aspects of achieving the best which I will talk about. 

ATL (Approach to Learning) 

This is one of the biggest things that helped me and will help you win your award. You see, the school engages the programme "Approach to Learning", so that you know how far you are from your award and what you need to do to improve. 

I have not achieved a 1 (outstanding) in everything, but I wanted to get better and do the best I can. When you look at your ATL, see what you have to improve on and keep it in your head. If you know your strengths and weaknesses you can become stronger. Try to aim for an outstanding every time; even if you do not get an outstanding, try harder. If you keep an outstanding ATL you can reach your award. 

“Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence.” 
Colin Powell 

Clean Sheet 

Look at your planner, how many comments have you got? Comments and sanctions are a consequence of your choice. Try to do your homework on the day; do not slack off and think you have time. Try to improve you behaviour in class, please the teacher and your parents. Your choice… When you get a comment it is a sanction, yes, but it also tells you to improve. Don’t get upset and down about a comment (that was me), it may block you from your goal and take youe award away, but it will help you improve. 

Now I am not saying get a comment in every lesson so you can improve, but stay away from the comments and try to avoid them by doing homework; having the right attitude toward learning. 

“I thought following a straight road would lead me right to my destination. Like the road would just take me there because I was following all the rules. And if the road curved, I couldn't be sure about where I was going. But look where it got me. Maybe it's time for a detour.”
Susanne Colasanti 


This is the word that kids hate. We get all tense and we throw fits, I don’t want to learn. Yet the reward from learning is more than we thought. Learning is what life is about; even if you go out with your friends, you are learning no matter where you are. However, if we stop learning like Maths, English and Science, life is not going to wait for us to learn everything and get everything in our heads. Learning is what won me the Award and will help you get yours. 

I was always told that people would have a want to learn and they would do anything, but think how lucky you are and try to engage the mindset of learning. Learning is the only thing that will always be with you in life and, if we keep on learning, we will become great and we will achieve the things that we want. 

I would always learn and, in my free time, instead of playing I would learn. Learning is almost like a fuel that helps us go on in life. If you learn and try your best you can always achieve the best. 

“Learning is the only thing the mind never exhausts, never fears and never regrets.”
Leonardo Da Vinci 

Just remember: if you want something, you have to work hard, persevere and be the best you can be. The world is a complicated jigsaw but with the right attitude and learning you can solve it. 

The world may bring you down and it may hurt you, but don’t complain. Fight back with your knowledge and the right mind set. It will block your goals and your awards, but go through that rough patch and attack the thing against you. Do not let that comment take over your planner, nor let your behavior affect you. The only way you can defeat it is through the power of wisdom and knowledge. Soon you will be winning your award. 

“Nothing can STOP the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude”
Thomas Jefferson

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