A showcase extravaganza held at a Winterton school helped promote self-confidence in children.
Winterton Community Academy, together with Xandria’s Hair Salon in Barton, presented an evening to celebrate self-confidence, individuality and inclusiveness on Friday, January 26.
The Stand Up and Shine event raised over £800 and funds will be split between the school and the Diana Awards Anti-Bullying Charity.
The Diana Award Anti-Bullying Campaign partnered with hairdresser Paul Mitchell last year for a new project.
Paul Mitchell are celebrating young people across the UK who have done exceptional anti-bullying work in their schools, communities or online. As a brand, Paul Mitchell believes in giving back. With the launch of the Neon range, Paul Mitchell saw an opportunity to support The Diana Award Anti-Bullying Campaign in empowering young people to tackle bullying in their schools and communities.
To do this, they recruited a UK Neon Anti-Bullying Squad to inspire other young people with their anti-bullying stories. Year 10 pupil Lucy Button, who is also an Anti Bullying Ambassador for the school, was successfully chosen from the UK as one of the six UK Neon Squad Members. This led to a photoshoot and launch event of the products in London.
Xandria’s teamed up with Winterton Community Academy to help create their own Neon Squad within the school to further promote the message. Ten pupils were selected by Lucy Button to become the Winterton Community Academy Neon Squad. They were Amy Bilton, Charlotte Ogg, Bailey Chappell, Harry Simpson, Francis Lawless, Emily Bennett, Alice Koshy, Kierra Harrison, Emily Vickers and Katheryn Hawley.
Alex Garner, owner of Xandria’s, said: “I won the global colour competition in 2016. I worked closely with Paul Mitchell. This is when the Neon product was launched in Vegas. We were posting stuff on social media and Lucy posted regarding her experience of winning a place on the UK Neon Squad.
“She was one of the Neon squads that got invited to London.”
“Since then, Lucy and me have been organising this showcase evening,” she said.
Year 10 student Lucy, who is 15, said: “At primary school, I was always a buddy that helped people. When I got to secondary school, I was an anti-bullying ambassador.
“The Diana Awards put out an application for a Neon squad.”
Lucy got to travel to London as part of this. “The experience in London was amazing,” she said.
“Following on from that event, Alex contacted me to say if I would partner up with them to promote the message that goes with Neon. Me and Alex decided that we wanted to launch something,” she said.
Julie Davey, inclusion mentor at the school, said: We have worked closely with the Diana Awards for the last 10 years “It just shows what we are doing as a school. It has brought us all together. It is just promoting self confidence in the kids.”
The event pulled the community together, and there are lots of people to be thanked for their help, in particular, Beauty by Liv and Soph (Olivia Savage and Sophie Grimoldby), and Kazooieloki Photography, Thomas Sharpless for his magic on the night and ex-Winterton Community pupils Rebecca Day (Miss Lincolnshire) and Zaky Own.