Saturday 11 July, 2020

Princess Margaret student to be made Peace Ambassador

The positive recognition Princess Margaret student, Arya Newton has been receiving for refusing to retaliate to the taunts of a bully continues to increase.  

Newton recently became a household name after a series of videos posted to Facebook captured her being shouted at, poked and pushed by a female student of the Christ Church Foundation School. Newton maintained her calm throughout the ordeal despite being threatened continuously and eventually left the area without ever replying to the Foundation student.  

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Newton was recognized for her incredible restraint during assembly at her school on Friday. Deputy Principal, Robin Douglas said Newton displayed "the best example of self-control and good judgement that we have seen for some time." 

He noted that many videos posted to social media show the complete opposite, with students losing their tempers and engaging in violent altercations and using abusive language when confronted with similar circumstances. The Deputy Principal also said the video resulted in the school receiving quite a few calls from citizens and businesses, offering Newton gifts and praises. At the assembly, before her peers, she was called to the platform and gifted with a watch and flowers.  

Newton's immense level of self-control has also caught the attention of the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation. In a recent press release they announced she will be designated as a Peace Ambassador as part of the Ministry's soon to be launched Anti-Violence Campaign. 

The induction ceremony is scheduled to take place this Tuesday at the Ministry Headquarters at 2:30 pm.  

In addition to the designation, Newton has also received a scholarship from a donor to complete a course at the BIMAP Institute.  

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