BIG-HEARTED youngsters have picked up a special award for their dedication to stamping out bullying.
The 22 Year 10 students at Thornhill School Business and Enterprise College have been awarded the Diana Princess of Wales Anti-Bullying Award this year.
All the young people are peer mentors at the Thornholme Road school and members of its Tarah group, Thornhill, Against Racism And Harrassment, and the school is proud of their achievements.
This is the seventh year in a row young people at the school have clinched the award, making Thornhill itself a Silver Award Winner.
Ann Greenfield, the peer mentor co-ordinator at the schoo, said: We are aiming for 10 years in a row to show our commitment toward anti-bullying and to get the Diana Gold School Status.”
All the peer mentors are trained in questioning and listening skills and become involved in a huge range of events and activites to help the younger children.
As well as being allocated to new Year 7 tutor groups, the award-winners also worked with Year 6 pupils when they came to Thornhill for their induction days and supported them to help them settle into Thornhill continuing to have interaction throughout the year.
The young people also organised and ran a Stamp It Out – Taking Action Together anti-bullying petition as part of Anti-Bullying Week in November and peer mentors designed a Helping Hand collage with the petitions, which was put on display in the main school hall.
Mrs Greenfield said the young people were also involved in a review of school’s Anti-Bullying Policy and evaluation about knowledge of internet safety and monitored the Thoughts Wallet and the Bully Box, where youngsters could leave messages.
She said: “A number of peer mentors also did one-to-one buddying throughout the year for various reasons, ranging from bullying, friendship issues, home problems, bereavement or to help new entrants settle into Thornhill.”