Pupils who gave up breaktime win Diana award

Inspirational youngsters tackling primary school bullying have been given a prestigious award set up in memory of Princess Diana.

“Peer mediators” aged nine to 11 at Sunnyhill Primary School, Streatham, were recognised for their dedication to improving playtime for fellow pupils through conflict resolution.

Dancer Wayne Sleep hosted the Diana Awards in Canary Wharf last month. Dirk Blom, the school’s deputy head, said they were “incredibly proud” of the youngsters.

“Our peer mediators are fantastic in helping to solve low-level conflict in the playground,” he said.

“They led on an extremely successful anti-bullying campaign to help children enjoy, celebrate and respect the ways we are all different, as well as the ways in which we are similar. Receiving the Diana Award is a real testament to all the hard work our peer mediators have been doing to build positive relationships in school.”

Peer mediators give up their breaktimes and often stay behind after school to carry out voluntary duties including planning meetings, assemblies and circle time sessions. Their Diana Award specifically recognises an “All Different, All Equal” project as part of Anti-Bullying Week last year, which raised £335 for the charity Childline.

Tessy Ojo, Diana Award chief executive, said: “We would like to congratulate all our new award holders as they join Diana’s legacy.  These awards come in a landmark year for the Diana Award as we join the world in marking the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana.

“At the Diana Award, we understand that valuing young people also means investing in them so we are delighted that these award recipients will have access to our unique development programme that ensures they continue to be positive trailblazers for their generation.”

Year 6 pupil Jamarni Cararra Clarke, who met Mr Sleep and got an autograph, said: “At the awards, I felt happy for my team that we won an amazing award, and Tessy Ojo’s speech was inspiring!”


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