L6 student wins award for promoting the importance of mental health
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Congratulations to Avani (L6B) who was been named 'Education and Beyond' Award winner in the Pearson World Changer Awards for her work promoting the importance of mental health. You may remember that back in lockdown 1.0 when GCSE exams were cancelled, Avani used her time to produce positive and uplifting artwork which could then be sold to raise funds for the NHS as well as promoting the wellbeing initiative #HelloYellow in to school on World Mental Health Day in the autumn. 

'Having not been aware of Pearson’s competition, receiving an email from the World Changers Team telling me how I had won a category from the World Changers Competition was a complete shock!

Pearson wanted to ‘highlight the power of education and demonstrate how subjects across the wider curriculum can help drive positive change in the world’ through their World Changer Awards. The awards were judged and supported by leading explorers, creatives, entrepreneurs and social campaigners who sought to find the children and young people across Britain who are sparking positive change in the world beyond the classroom in the ‘Creatives, Languages, Business and Technology, Humanities and Education and Beyond’ categories. I was The 'Education and Beyond Award’ category winner, based on the work I do surrounding mental health and wellbeing, such as raising money to build a wellbeing garden, which will be a space dedicated to challenging stigmas associated with mental health and encouraging visitors to talk openly about their emotions and mentoring young people suffering with mental health issues as an ambassador for the Michael Streete Foundation.

The award has given me even more encouragement and zeal to keep going and work harder. It is an amazing feeling when you can be passionate about something and an even more incredible feeling when your work spreads to help the wider community. This award is proof that each small act of kindness and change matters and can lead to so much more.

I would like to thank the teachers here at LEH because after all, a series of mindfulness lessons during school inspired me to speak up, take action and champion wellbeing in school and within the wider community- without them, none of this would have happened!'

By Avani (L6B)

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