Pupil not one for limelight
Jaide unaware of Blake honour
A Cromwell youngster got the surprise of her life on Friday when she was awarded the Sir Peter Blake Young Leader Award during her school’s assembly. Jaide Dixon, 11, from Goldfields Primary School hadn’t even heard of the award when she was called up to receive it in front of her peers, her mum, nana and granddad. The award recognises young people who have shown promising leadership in their school and community. The award is presented to one pupil in each primary and intermediate school which choose to be part of the initiative with the recipient selected by their teachers and peers. Jaide’s teacher, Barbara Simmers, nominated Jaide because of her outstanding leadership qualities. ‘‘She has real compassion and empathy for those less fortunate than herself,’’ Mrs Simmers said. ‘‘She encourages and sees the good in everyone regardless. With youn- ger children, she is a role model and always willing to go the extra mile.’’ She was a talented sportsperson, playing netball and soccer as well as enjoying swimming and running, but was very humble and would never look for the limelight, she said. ‘‘As a teacher I see her strong sense of what is right and what is wrong, and how she takes a lead in making sensible decisions. She consistently does the right thing and her sense of fairness and her compassion make her a very special girl.’’ Jaide said she liked helping people because it ‘‘feels good’’ to help others. As part of the award, she received a Sir Peter Blake Trust medal and pin, a pair of Sir Peter Blake Trust red socks, a motivational DVD and a book about Sir Peter Blake. She said her mum, former Commonwealth Games medal-winning highjumper Tania Murray, was very proud of her and gave her a bracelet and took her out for tea to recognise her achievement.
Chosen: Goldfields Primary School’s Jaide Dixon, 11, with the medal and red socks she received for winning the Sir Peter Blake Young Leader Award.