Craig Mackinlay presented Alisha with her prize for the winning entry for Newlands in the Litter Angels poster competition and Head Start presented Newlands with the Kent School Award for Resilience and Emotional Wellbeing.

The Litter Angels award encourages children to think about how litter can have a negative effect on the environment they live and play in. They were asked to use their imagination to design a colourful and vibrant anti-litter poster. Alisha received a mug with her winning entry on and a certificate from Mr. Mackinlay who stressed the importance of the anti-littering message to the children of Newlands in a special assembly.

Alisha’s entry now goes forward into the final round of the competition with a chance to see her poster displayed in our local McDonald’s car park. Alisha’s mum and dad were invited into assembly to see her receive her award and Ms. Farbrace, deputy head, commented ‘We are extremely proud of Alisha’s artistic achievements and wish her luck in round two of the competition.’

HeadStart Kent is a Big Lottery funded programme working to build young people’s resilience and mental wellbeing in Kent. Newlands Primary School is one of the first schools in Kent to achieve the Kent School Award for Resilience and Emotional Wellbeing.

Angela Ford said ‘The enthusiasm and undeniable efforts of the resilience team are notable and are undoubtedly the driving force behind the observed and measurable improvements in well being of the whole school community. They are a beacon school in their approach to wellbeing and resilience and we look forward to seeing the school sharing its good practice with other schools in the local area through case studies.’

Mrs. Farbrace added, ‘The Kent School Award for Resilience and Emotional Wellbeing is a recognition of the hard work and dedication of the staff and children at Newlands, we look forward to leading the way and championing mental wellbeing in our local community.’