May 09 - Diana Awards for three exceptional pupils

The Founder’s Day prize-giving ceremony at The Royal Alexandra and Albert School was particularly special this year. In addition to celebrating the achievement of pupils who received the School’s prizes, three pupils were presented with the nationally recognised ‘Diana Award’. Year 11 pupils, Calum Spink, James Ascough and Nadia Howell each received a Diana Award for their outstanding and selfless contribution to their community and for being positive role models.

Both Calum and James became Young Leaders when they left Scouts and have helped with organising activities and assisted with the meetings of Cubs and Scouts for 8th Reigate Scout Group. Scouter-in-Charge, Steve Robinson explained “Calum and James have provided invaluable support for the Scout Group. Nothing is too much trouble and they have been an excellent role model for the younger children in the Group.”

Nadia Howell has chalked up many achievements during her 9 years at the School. She is a talented singer, musician, and dancer and has also been an active participant in the Duke of Edinburgh scheme. She is a ‘Peer Listener’ (having received training about how to listen to fellow pupils who have problems) and has helped many through difficult times. Housemistress, Ruth Turner says “Nadia shows great consistency, reliability and understanding and pupils know they can trust her.”

Headmaster Paul Spencer Ellis said “Nadia is an inspiration to all young people at our School and, as Young Leaders in Scouts both Calum and James have earned the respect of those around them. The Diana Award is fitting recognition of their contribution to the community.“

The Diana Awards were presented by Councillor Peter Martin, Executive Member for Schools, Children and Youth Services at Surrey County Council.

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