The head teacher of a Fleet school has presented HRH The Prince of Wales with one of its very own ‘awesomeness’ badges. Alison Wyld of All Saints CofE Junior School presented Prince Charles with the award at a celebration of the 2nd anniversary of the #iwillcampaign.
The #iwillcampaign is an initiative launched by Prince Charles to create more opportunities for young people to lead social change through activities like campaigning, fundraising and volunteering.
Alison featured on a panel at the event following her implementation of the 'Steps to Awesomeness' programme at All Saints School. It is designed to instil the values of kindness, appreciation, positivity, courage, goals, exercise, participation and service into pupils. Pupils who complete all eight steps are awarded with a ‘badge of awesomeness’ to wear proudly on their school uniform – the very same badge given to HRH Prince Charles.
The ‘Steps to Awesomeness’ have been built on a Christian world view that sees each child as made in God’s image, but are also designed to resonate with those of other faiths and none. Exercises include writing a thank you note to demonstrate appreciation or keeping a positive diary to demonstrate positivity. The success of the programme has also been recognised in CofE publication, The Fruits of the Spirit highlighting the importance of character development in education.
Alison recounted her exchange with the prince: "I gave the badge to him and explained about Steps to Awesomeness. He held it on to his lapel and said "It won't stick." I said, "You'll have to get your mum to sew it on!""
The event also welcomed 50 new #iwill ambassadors, a group of 10-20 year-olds who are leading social action in their communities. It was attended by business, education and voluntary sector leaders who believe more should be done to increase youth opportunities.