Monday, 17 July 2017

Thank You Letter Awards

Ranita Ariyibi - a Year 4 pupil at Broadford Primary - has won the Primary section of The Thank You Letter Awards for 2017! The awards are a national writing competition organised by The University of Birmingham. Its aim is to recognise and reward young people between the ages of 5-16 who have shown gratitude to others in their everyday lives.

We use this competition as an inspiring stimulus for our writing in school. First we download the Thank You Letter template and encourage as many of our pupils as possible to write a Thank You Letter. The standard in each year we have run the event has been amazing: parents, superheroes, carers, nurses... all have been thanked by the pupils for the way they have helped or supported them.
Mr Tejpal Lander - Year 4 teacher

Following the in school Thank You Letter competition Ranita's letter was sent through to the University as one of the top 5. When the national judges read her letter it was an easy choice to choose Ranita as a winner of her age group. Ranita had chosen to thank her Executive Headteacher for the way in which he had helped the school to progress - particularly for the focus on how the curriculum had been designed to develop the children as people, not just maths and reading.

Ranita's letter showed a great level of empathy and character. She had clearly thought about her subject very carefully and articulated her feelings extremely well. We are very proud of her and delighted that she thinks so highly of what we are trying to achieve.
Mr Malcolm Drakes - Executive Headteacher

To recognise their achievement, the winners of each category were invited to an awards ceremony at the House of Lords, 12th July 2017.

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