Pupils from St Gregory's Catholic Science College in Kenton, west London, were invited to a glittering awards ceremony in Leicester Square on 23 November, for the national Celebrating Young People Awards.
The award ceremony was hosted by national youth charity, Million Minutes, in partnership with St Mary's University, Twickenham.
St Gregory's pupils were nominated for awards in two out of eight categories and were awarded winners in both categories.
St Gregory's Year 10 Eco Committee pupils were honoured for the outstanding contribution they have made to caring for the environment. Their work has made a lasting impact not just across the school, but also within their local community. The efforts of these pupils resulted in the school achieving its third consecutive Eco Schools Green Flag and earned them a personal invitation from the head of Eco Schools England to participate in the first ever National Eco Schools Debate.
St Gregory's' Sixth Form pupils received their accolade for their community work with Ealing Soup Kitchen, where they support 150 guests on Sunday afternoons. The pupils have committed hundreds of hours, volunteering their time to help those who are vulnerable and in need of fundamental assistance.
St Gregory's Headteacher, Andrew Prindiville said, "This is a fantastic achievement and wonderful recognition of the hard work, commitment and passion these pupils have shown. These inspirational pupils represent the very best of their generation. St Gregory's is extremely proud of its amazing pupils."
"Young people all too often get a bad name," said Danny Curtin, CEO of Million Minutes. "But often their selfless and sometimes unseen actions can inspire all of us. Million Minutes is all about giving a voice to the young people that get overlooked. We're delighted to have held these awards for the third year to recognise young people from across England and Wales. We want to celebrate all that they are and all that they give to our world."
The awards are intended to celebrate and inspire young people to get more involved in social action projects, as well as helping everyone to reflect on how Catholic social teaching - such as promoting peace, building community and caring for creation - is being lived out in the everyday of our lives. The awards have been organised and promoted by Million Minutes, a charity that supports projects helping young people to transform their lives and put Catholic social teaching into practice.