Mrs Cameron: I feel privileged and humbled to have been awarded a national Place2Be Head Teacher Award for Wellbeing in Schools.
The award recognises the school's leadership and commitment to enhancing the mental health and emotional wellbeing of all, and our effective partnership working with Place2Be.
This achievement is shared by our amazing team of staff, pupils, parents and partners, including the Place2Be service, who strive to support and inspire every child in Antonine Primary to thrive.
The award ceremony was held on Tuesday 22nd November 2016 in Mansion House, the spectacular setting of the official residence of the Lord Mayor of London.
I travelled to London in the morning of the event along with Louis Hubert, the school's Place2Be Project Manager. Also shortlisted as a finalist was headteacher Gillian Kierans from Aultmore Park Primary in Glasgow and Julie Burnside, Executive Principal of Pendle Education Trust Pendle, Lancashire. What an achievement for Glasgow to have two headteachers shortlisted for this national award.
The award was presented in the presence of HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, who is the Royal Patron of Place2Be. The Duchess' decision to support Place2Be is a reflection of her personal interest in and commitment to improving the mental health and emotional wellbeing of children in the UK. The Duchess spoke with me and the other finalists about the Place2Be service in our schools and was most interested to hear about its impact on children and their families.
The evening was very moving and exciting. The inspirational achievements of schools, children, parents, Place2Be staff and volunteer counsellors in building positive attitudes to mental health were celebrated. The awards event was preceded by a lovely reception and followed by a meal in a nearby restaurant. After the meal all children and their families were taken for a taxi tour around London to see the sights and Christmas lights.
I will receive a £1,000 prize to benefit the wellbeing of our school. In consultation with pupils and staff we have decided to purchase a weatherproof range of outdoor building blocks and planks to provide children with a flexible resource to foster, play, creativity, inclusion, and outdoor learning experiences.
Many thanks to everyone in the school community and beyond who has expressed their congratulations to myself and all in Antonine Primary.
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