Arbourthorne Primary: Awards night for Sheffield school's children with 'Hearts of Gold'

"This is a great way to teach children empathy, responsibility and kindness and it is so important that this is recognised and celebrated."

A Sheffield primary school made an occasion of celebrating its kindest, most-thoughtful young learners with an awards night.

Arbourthorne Primary School created its own 'Heart of Gold' award to reward pupils for every good deed they did to help others - with a trophy to lift for the most deserving of all.

Pupils could nominate one other for going above and beyond to be caring and thoughtful towards people in school and in their community. Creative fundraising, random acts of kindness and teaching new skills to younger children were all some of the highlights.

See our gallery below for all the photos from the evening and some of the children who won a Heart of Gold award.

The school shone a spotlight and gave these children and their family a celebratory evening to remember with personalised cakes, a goody bag and a copy of 'Every little Kindness' by author Marta Bartoij. The event was an opportunity for the school to celebrate some of the most outstanding children and thank them for their selflessness and care of others.

Twenty-three children and their wider families attended the glittering event to hear their nominations read out and be presented with a gift bag, trophy and certificate by members of a judge’s panel. Judges included the Chair of Governors Caroline Beattie, Louise Haigh MP and the school’s Learn Sheffield School Improvement Partner Diane Stokes.

Louise Haigh MP for Sheffield Heeley said: "I was delighted to attend Arbourthorne Primary School's Heart of Gold ceremony to see and celebrate all the good deeds that the children have been carrying out throughout the year.

"This is a great way to teach children empathy, responsibility and kindness and it is so important that this is recognised and celebrated."

Judges also chose one overall winner who was announced at the end of the evening who received the 'Mrs Jeynes kindness cup' which is awarded annually to the kindest pupil in school.

Mrs Jeynes, a teacher at Arbourthorne in the 1980s, left a legacy prize to the school. She was described by former colleagues and former pupils at Arbourthorne Primary as quite simply 'very kind' so the trophy was created to celebrate the heroes of our community. Mrs Jeynes' former colleague Mrs Diane Bailey and former pupil Zach Fenech presented the winners award to Alfie Stanniforth who was nominated for showing care to others during a very difficult time for himself when he lost his sister to cancer.

Families enjoyed a catered buffet and entertainment from a magician during the evening. Children walked the purple carpet to cheers and applause from the staff team, parents and families.

Headteacher Vanessa Langley said: "It is so important to celebrate and encourage children who give selflessly to others and show natural care and thoughtfulness to those around them.

"There were tears of pride from families, colleagues and friends of the school as nominations were read out and a strong sense of the community coming together to praise some of the amazing children who quietly oil the wheels of kindness and happiness in this school and community. We wanted to celebrate the unsung heroes who are brilliant role models for Sheffield’s community."

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