Princess Diana award for 'anti-bullying' pupils

PUBLISHED: 05:18 03 August 2006 | UPDATED: 09:40 24 May 2010

PUPILS involved in a scheme to stop bullying at their school have received a national award from Princess Diana's charity. Almost two dozen youngsters from Sandford Primary School took part in the scheme to prevent bullying and landed a Diana Anti-Bullyin

PUPILS involved in a scheme to stop bullying at their school have received a national award from Princess Diana's charity.Almost two dozen youngsters from Sandford Primary School took part in the scheme to prevent bullying and landed a Diana Anti-Bullying Award for their efforts.The Sandford Solvers, all aged between 9-11, helped in setting up and running a programme aimed at clamping down on bullying at the school. The 23 children were trained in mediation skills and appeared regularly at school assemblies to promote the programme and let other youngsters know there was help at hand if they needed it.The aim of the initiative is for the pupils to act as 'peer mediators' and improve the lives of others in the school, particularly at break times when most bullying can take place.The charity behind the scheme is The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Award for Young People, which joined forces with the Anti-Bullying Alliance, which created the nationwide scheme.The proud children at Sandford Primary School received a certificate and, as Diana Anti-Bullying Awards holders, will have the chance to attend special events organised by the Diana team.Deputy headteacher Jeanette Simson said: "This is a fantastic achievement for our peer mediators. I nominated them for the award as I was incredibly impressed by their work and the impact they had on play times and lunch times."They have each worked hard to raise awareness of the damaging effects of bullying and deserve this recognition.

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