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Timothy Oguybiyi, 15, from Cardinal Pole RC School, was one of more than 150 pupils from the north London borough of Hackney to be recognised for outstanding academic, sporting and musical achievement. Timothy was named best musician in his year group and earned a place in Hackney Youth Orchestra. Hackney Borough Youth Choir performed at the event (right).

A drawing by Carrie Burlison, from St Leonard's Catholic School in Durham, and a collage by pupils from Carmel RC College, Darlington, were among artwork by pupils from 11 Catholic schools across the North East exhibited at Durham Cathedral.

Teacher Helen Barnes shows her pupils at Candleby Lane Primary School, Nottingham, certificates she has earned from the Guinness Book Of Records for her feats as an international canoeist. She currently holds the world record for performing the fastest 100 kyak eskimo rolls (flipping the boat upside down and then righting it).

Pupils at Ardingly College, in Sussex look on as Brother Guy Consolmagno, keeper of the Vatican's collection of meteorites, unveils the school's new telescope.

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