A year 8 Denbigh High School student has won a competition to design the new participation kite mark for the Luton Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB).
The kite mark is to be awarded to organisations, primarily from the private, voluntary and independent sector who work with children and young people and who can evidence compliance against four key safeguarding standards; safer recruitment, child protection, bullying and accident prevention. Qualifying organisations will then be able to use the kite mark on their publications, letter headings, websites and other items as a way of demonstrating to parents and carers that they comply with the LSCB safeguarding standards.
The winning entry was selected by a panel of judges, comprising; Professor Michael Preston-Shoot (Independent Chair of the LSCB), Martin Pratt (Corporate Director for Children and Learning) and Lloyd Denny (Vice chair of the LSCB) and the winner receives £50 in gift vouchers from a store of their choice.
The kite mark designer and competition winner, Zayna Shah, was one of 250 entrants who worked hard to come up with ideas for the new kite mark and her success was kept a secret until the annual Year 8 Rewards Assembly which took place at Denbigh on 9th July 2013.
Luton Borough Council's Corporate Director for Children and Learning, Martin Pratt, attended the event and announced Zayna as the winner, presenting her with her vouchers.
Martin Pratt also told the students: "Denbigh High is an outstanding school and one of which we should all be proud"..... "you can all be successful students and you will, I know, go on to be outstanding citizens for Luton".
During the assembly the students and guests looked back at the string of individual and group successes throughout the year, celebrating their achievements whilst also receiving encouragement and words of wisdom from Martin Pratt and the Head of Year 8, Michael Wright, who talked about the next phase of their educational journey as they prepare to move into Year 9.
Speaking of her win, Zayna Shah said: "I was completely shocked when I heard that I had won. Having your design chosen to be used for the kite mark is such a big achievement."
Denbigh's Teaching and Learning Leader for ICT, Shah Goni, added: "This competition has given the students an excellent opportunity to develop their creative use of ICT whilst also playing a part in a very worthy 'real world' initiative. I am very proud of Zayna."
The new kite mark is not a ‘one off’ event and organisations will be expected to continue to demonstrate that they comply with the LSCB safeguarding standards and will therefore be required to renew the kite mark regularly.