Winners of the Anti-Bullying Award -Thornhill School Peer Mentor Team
This group was established in 1990 and has been an extremely successful project since then in terms of helping significant numbers of the school population.
Each year selected pupils receive training during Year 9. Pupils are recommended as a result of their commitment to school life. They must show empathy for and a strong willingness to help others. At the time of this nomination there are currently 68 trained peer mentors within the group.
The team currently nominated completed their training in 2013 or February 2014. Such training consisted of courses for two days covering skills and topics including questioning/listening skills, body language, mediation, health issues and self-harm. Pupils liaised with professionals from healthcare, education, counselling services and the Youth Offending Service, all of whom complimented the Thornhill team for their efforts and maturity.
The individual members have all exceeded the expectations of their role by making an outstanding contribution to the happiness and wellbeing of pupils at Thornhill School, primarily by giving even more of their own time to individually mentor pupils regarding any issues of concern as well as representing the school at anti-bullying events.
In mark of their exemplary efforts, the group have received the national Diana Anti-Bullying Award for 11 consecutive years for their anti-bullying work in school. However they deserve recognition once again at a local level for the work they do to support so many local young people enabling them to feel safe and valued at school.
Representatives of the group collected the award on the night, and a presentation will be held in school after the Easter break to present the whole team with their certificates.
Congratulations to the team!
Winner of the Young Carer Award - Kambell Brewer
Kambell stepped into the role of carer for his Mam and two younger siblings following the sudden passing of his stepdad last year. His Mam is registered disabled and has several medical conditions. Kambell has coped with many difficulties and deserves to be recognised for his caring role.
Kambell was unable to attend the night and was presented with his award by our Head of School.