Schoolgirl who made ‘significant contribution’ given award

Anitta Benny was presented with the Special Award for Motivation and Determination in Learning at Ma

Anitta Benny was presented with the Special Award for Motivation and Determination in Learning at Mattishall Primary School. Picture: MATTISHALL PRIMARY - Credit: Picture: MATTISHALL PRIMARY

An 11-year-old schoolgirl who “knew very little English” when she started a new primary school, has been given an award praising her efforts.

Anitta Benny was presented the Special Award for Motivation and Determination in Learning by the headteacher of Mattishall Primary School, near Dereham.

Class teacher Ann Berry said: “Staff at Mattishall Primary School were delighted to present the annual award to Year 6 student, Anitta.”

Anitta joined the school in Year 3 and made an immediate impression on the staff and the other children due to her friendly, cheerful attitude and her motivation for learning.

Anitta’s parents recall that she was worried to begin with as she knew very little English. However, within a week or so, her confidence had grown.

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Her parents praised the efforts of the teaching staff, claiming it was “a result of the warm welcome and support she received”.

Anitta has also made a significant contribution to the school.

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She was voted in as a representative on the school council by her classmates in Year 5 and acted as vice-chair in Year 6.

In addition, Anitta was an important part of the school’s Friendship Squad, a group of children with members in each year group from key stage 2 responsible for ensuring that all pupils feel included and supported during play times. She was also part of the recruitment process and interviewed and trained new members.

A spokesperson for the school added: “She was a super role model for her peers. She will be missed at Mattishall Primary School and we wish her all the very best for her future.”

Mr and Mrs Benny added: “We are proud of Anitta, at the same time we are so grateful to all at Mattishall Primary School because they gave her love, support, encouragement, and care. Her friends also helped her a lot.”

Anitta was presented with the award by the headteacher, Tony Chapman.

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