A SOUTHAMPTON school has been recognised by a national charity for its community spirit.

Highfield C of E Primary School received the Community Initiative of the Year Award by Parentkind for its work towards cohesion between the school and the wider community. 

The award-winning school was praised for engaging with its internationally diverse pupils by hosting an International Day. 

The event represented almost 30 countries by families from across the school community, with children being issued with boarding passes and passports to document their ‘journey.’ 

Family and Friends’ Treasurer, Carly Warr, said: “We had an amazing turnout with a queue stretching down the road at opening time which took an hour to clear. 

“A significant proportion of the families attending were from our international community and included grandparents, cousins, and families with younger children not yet at the school.   

“Our team is a core team of 6 committee members but to host this event we were overwhelmed with the support we received from the school community.  

“Since the event, we have noticed greater participation from the International families at other events such as our recent school disco.” 

Workshops took place on the day focusing on activities from around the world such as North American cheerleading, Asian martial arts, and an African jungle-themed drama session. 

Food and artifacts were put on display for children and their families to enjoy and explore. 

Parentkind’s CEO, John Jolly said: “Here at Parentkind, the National PTA Awards are a real highlight of our year.  

“Across the country, PTAs are working hard to support their school and its young people.   

“This is especially true of the Highfield C of E Primary School Family and Friends who staged such a brilliant event.  

“The PTA at this school, along with our other winners are a real example to other parents.  

“The message is simple: get involved, have fun, and make a real difference to the future of our children and young people.”   

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