A Community Action badge is one of four that can be earned on the Diana Award's anti-bullying programme. It rewards campaigns or events that build community, such as fundraising or working with specific community groups.
The Diana Award, set up in honour of the Princess of Wales, works to bring about positive change for young people through mentoring and anti-bullying initiatives.
Anti-bullying ambassadors at Queen Katharine Academy received the Community Action badge for their efforts in reaching the wider school community by using the academy’s social media platforms, school newsletter and trust-wide magazine to share tips to identify and support those experiencing bullying. The academy also delivered training to all staff and held a positivity and kindness photobooth event.
Lynn Mayes, principal at Queen Katharine Academy, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have received the Community Action badge. Both our staff and students are passionate about raising awareness of bullying and dedicated to educating and encouraging all our students to be the best and kindest version of themselves.
“This year, we have focused on spreading this ethos to our wider community. I am so proud of everyone for their efforts and it is great to receive such positive feedback from the Diana Award.”
Queen Katharine Academy now holds two of the four badges offered by the Diana Award's programme - Community Action and Wellbeing - and is intending to work towards earning the final two - Respect and Online Safety. These will involve tackling identity based bullying and championing diversity, and promoting how to be resilient in a digital world.