We are delighted to inform you that one of our students, Aaliyah Clarke, has been shortlisted from over one hundred nominations, for the prestigious LBBD Young Woman of the Year Award.
Aaliyah was a founding member of Eastbury Community Schools Student Equalities Group, a group set up by students as part of the schools anti-bullying work. Aaliyah is now in Year 11 and has chaired the group, which meets weekly before school for three years.
In the past twelve months Aaliyah has led the groups work which has focused on challenging stereotypes, celebrating diversity and promoting good mental health. For the second year running the group was awarded £1000 by the Mayor of London’s office after formally presenting their proposed action plan at City Hall. The group have trained as digital leaders- ambassadors for making the online world a safe space for everyone, plan and led a workshop for another LBBD school to inspire them to set up an equalities group, led assemblies and school competitions, and taught lessons on celebrating difference in a primary school. The group are currently working on translating messages about maintaining positive mental health into a range of languages as part of the groups commitment to ensuring all members of our school community feel valued and have a voice. These achievements are a reflection of Aaliyahs leadership skills, empathy and integrity.
Aaliyah is an exceptional role model for other students. She is able to tackle sensitive and controversial issues with a quiet confidence that makes both students and staff listen. She understands the importance of giving people a voice and standing up for what you believe in, essential attributes of Young Woman of the Year.
We wish Aaliyah well for the Awards Ceremony in April. We are extremely proud of her for this achievement and all she has contributed to the life of the school. Well done and thank you Aaliyah.