Stoneleigh Academy were winners of the Pride in Oldham Schools category 2014 on Friday night.

Since September 2013 our Community Builders have been utilising a strength based approach at Stoneleigh Academy, teaching young people to be young Community Builders and to show them that it’s ‘Cool2BKind’.

Our ‘Cool2BKind’ scheme has been designed to encourage Year 5 (ages 9-10) to take part in acts of kindness and steer them in a positive direction for the benefit of their local neighbourhood. It also helps to strengthen the role of schools in the local community.

The Pride of Oldham Awards took place on Friday 14th November. Now in their 13th year, the awards celebrate the people of Oldham who go above and beyond to make a difference in their community. Our class from Stoneleigh Academy were winners of the Schools award.

At the awards, the pupils of Stoneleigh Academy also found out that the Rotary Club of Oldham Metro would be making a donation in order to help them to continue their kindness in Oldham.

The young Community Builders have visited local retirement home The Grange on numerous occasions as part of their ‘Cool2BKind’ project, playing games with the older people and learning about growing up in wartime Britain, among many other things. The youngsters have developed a great relationship with residents of the home and have visited it many times since the ‘Cool2BKind’ project ended and money from the local Rotary Club will hopefully help this to continue.

Senior Community Builder, Helen Smith was there on the night of the awards and throughout the project and saw the transition the pupils made during the Cool2BKind project. She said: “Every time the kids and old people are together it’s really moving. The joy they give to each other and how comfortable they are with one another is great to see. This was a brilliant project, and I am very proud of all of the pupils. A well deserved award for our young community builders.”