ZNANIYE RUSSIAN SCHOOL COMES OF AGE! On the 10th November 2010, within the precincts of the House of Commons and under the proud flags of the United Kingdom and the Russian Federation, the Znaniye Russian School held its 7th Annual Awards Ceremony. It was a significant moment both for the School and the Russo-British Community who made every effort to show their support and appreciation with a full house presence that included Parliamentarians, Representative of the Russian Embassy, the British and Russian Press & Television Media, Parents , Consortium Associations and of course the students Greetings from the Russian President, Dmitri Medvedev and the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove were conveyed to the students The celebratory occasion was made more poignant by the achievements of the Students and the fact that the School once again attained 100% success with all their students achieving A and A* Grades Speaking at the occasion, Aina Shareefy, the School Chair Person had this to say: “for several years now, the vast majority, of our graduating students, have gone on, to first class Universities, such as Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial College, Southampton, Glasgow, Warwick and other members of the Russell Group of Universities.” She also revealed that the future holds brighter prospects stating that “Only last week, I spoke in Moscow, at two conferences, organized by the Russky Mir Foundation, for Teachers of Russian Language and Culture, calling for accreditation, by the Education Ministry of the Russian Federation, which was acknowledged and formed a part, of the Conference resolutions. We therefore hope, that in the near future, we shall be able, to offer our students, such possibility of certification” The impact of such certification would elevate the students of the School from the foreign-Speaker level of proficiency to that of Native Speaking Russians for educational and business purposes Certificates were handed out by Patrons of the School and Representatives of the Embassy and the School gave acknowledgement awards to a few individuals and institutions that have been of immense importance to their success over the years The School also celebrated a number of her achievements for the past year which included bridge building between Russia and Britain through the leadership of the Russian Speaking Community –Great Britain; the accreditation by OCR as an examination Centre for their Asset Languages Scheme; the expansion of services to include a full time Day Nursery; the increase in number of branches from three to four to reach deeper into the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Finally, the occasion featured the launch of a Heritage Funded project designed to afford the children the opportunity of Heritage education and acquisition of Research and other skills associated with the 20 weeks program. It was a joyful affair for all that participated as well as those who attended and entertainment by the “Russian Souvenirs” –the folk choir of the Sputnik Association for Russian Women-was a delight to watch. The location and the full presence of the Russian and British Press Media gave a very powerful ambience to the event of which the school was and can justifiably be proud, showing that she has come of age and can march into the future with greater confidence and optimism.