Preston School pupil Vaibhavi Shah nominated for John Lewis Young People of the Year award

A pupil has been shortlisted for a London-wide awards for her campaign to tackle bullying in school.

Vaibhavi Shah, of Preston School, in Carlton Avenue, north Wembley, has been nominated for a John Lewis Young People of the Year (YOPEY) award.

For the past six years, the 18-year-old has given up her free time to be part of the school’s behaviour panel to tackle disruption in lessons.

Recently she organised an anti-bullying campaign based on the problem of 'sexting' among pupils, including assemblies for all year groups.

Teacher Sian Rhodes who nominated the pupil, said: “When Vaibhavi started she was a shy, quiet girl, but over the years she has blossomed into a confident girl who is trying to prevent bullying and help pupils improve their behaviour.

“She is totally reliable and enthusiastic and is always thinking of new ideas to tackle bullying. She has given up many hours of her free time to ensure that the behaviour panel is successful.

“Her efforts have made a real difference to many students in our school who have had bullying issues.”

Ms Shah also recently presented a workshop on Saturdays to teachers from other schools about the work of the behaviour panel.

The YOPEYs aims to highlight the work of children, teenagers and young adults from the ages of ten to 25 who are role models to others their age.

Winners of the award will get a £1,000 prize, half of which is to be donated to a charity of their choice.

People who know someone who could be nominated for a YOPEY award can do so by clicking here.

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12:03am Sun 5 Jan 14

Sonoo Malkani says...

Well done Vaibhavi!You have lived up to your name and covered your family and yourself in glory.Fantastic that you have stepped up to the plate to protect your peers from cowardly bullies and also held workshops to guide teachers in setting up similar facilities in their schools.

Hearty congrats.So proud of your efforts especially as you were once a very shy person but has managed to overcome this and serve her community.You richly deserve this award,Good of your teacher to put your name forward in recognition of this noble work.

Wish you an extremely Happy and Fruitful New Year.More power to your elbow.
Well done Vaibhavi!You have lived up to your name and covered your family and yourself in glory.Fantastic that you have stepped up to the plate to protect your peers from cowardly bullies and also held workshops to guide teachers in setting up similar facilities in their schools. Hearty congrats.So proud of your efforts especially as you were once a very shy person but has managed to overcome this and serve her community.You richly deserve this award,Good of your teacher to put your name forward in recognition of this noble work. Wish you an extremely Happy and Fruitful New Year.More power to your elbow. Sonoo Malkani

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