Anti-bullying ambassadors at Farnham Heath End School hosted a meeting with national youth charities and the mayor of Farnham Councillor Alan Earwaker to discuss their mission to make the school as kind, supportive and inclusive as possible.
The anti-bullying team, led by Year 11 student and deputy head boy Sammy Austen-Jones, created a presentation for guests about their roles, projects they have carried out and projects in the pipeline.
The ambassadors have come up with ideas for preventative action and interventions to stamp out bullying. Each year group has a team of ambassadors who showcased their work to guests, including poster campaigns, videos and assemblies. The students and guests then joined forces for a round-table discussion.
After the round-table, each anti-bullying ambassador was presented by the guests with their community action badge from youth charity The Diana Award, set up in memory of the late princess. This is as a result of work to run projects over anti-bullying week, as well as engaging with the community by visiting primary schools.
The ambassadors are supported by the Farnham Heath End School Eikon charity youth support practitioner based in the school. Eikon were able to secure anti-bullying training from The Diana Award charity.
Chris Hickford, chief executive officer and founder of the Eikon charity, said: “It was an absolute privilege to attend the anti-bullying presentation at Farnham Heath End School and present Diana Award badges to the amazing and deserving students. Hearing of their initiatives to stamp out bullying in the school was inspiring and a great example for all schools to follow.
“I left genuinely buzzing about young people making the world a better place.”
Rosanna Beale, programme officer for youth development at The Diana Award, said: “The anti-bullying ambassadors at Farnham Heath End School are doing incredible work to promote kindness and inclusivity throughout their school and the wider community.
“It was such a privilege to join them in discussing how they can continue to affect change through both preventative and intervention-based anti-bullying work.
“The drive, creativity and ambition this group of students shows exemplify The Diana Award’s founding message that young people have the power to change the world. We cannot wait to see what they get up to next.”