8:50am Saturday 30th June 2012
ST Cyres School has a large number of students who get involved in charitable events each year, ranging from the annual charity day activities to the street collections for both Save the Children and the Royal British Legion.
The school staff are very proud of all of these pupils and celebrate their successes whenever possible.
The work of the Fairtrade Committee of the school will be well known to regular readers of the Penarth Times and two of this committee have now been awarded the national and prestigious Diana Award for Excellence as "Active Campaigners".
This award was set up in memory of Princess Diana and certificates are signed by the Prime Minister.
The two pupils, Natalie Emms and Owain Hicks, joined the committee three years ago when they were in Year 7, aged 11 years old.
Since that time they have become integral to the success and progress of the school's activities for Fairtrade - the motivation and drive shown by these young people has seen the school's involvement move from selling products each Friday to a full involvement in the Fairtrade activities not only in the school but also of the town itself and the wider community.
They have attended national conferences, spoken to young pupils in local junior schools and been reliable at all times.
The award required nomination from three different beneficiaries of their work, the provision of considerable evidence and was finally decided by the Fairtrade organisation in London.
Natalie and Owain both received certificates and commemorative badges in a special assembly when Cllr Phillip Rapier, the new Penarth Town Mayor, made the presentations.
Neither student knew of the award - or of the fact that their parents did know and were preparing to take them to London for the national award ceremony in Canary Wharf on July 2!
Penarth Town Fairtrade Forum sent their congratulations at their recent meeting.
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