Congratulations to lower sixth student Roxana-Andreea Tuinea-Bobe who was presented with The British Citizen Youth Award at Westminster Palace on October 26.
A letter from Mike Faulkner, co-founder of the Award, states that it was developed to “recognise outstanding young individuals for their selfless acts of kindness and their positive impact on society” and notes that “The actions of young people today will shape the society we inhabit in the future.”
Roxana, pictured above, was awarded a specially minted bespoke medal by one of The British Citizen Youth Award’s patrons, Dr Alex George. She was one of only 22 extraordinary people under the age of 18 on the 2021 Roll of Honour.
From the age of nine, Roxana promoted her school’s Food Ambassador programme, encouraging other children to eat more healthily, and finding ways for her school to reduce food waste. At high school, her tenacious and proactive approach led to her involvement in many positive programmes, and she played an integral part in shaping the student forum and student parliament model.
Originally from Romania, she struggled with integration and having a sense of belonging. In her final years at high school, she helped other students to feel part of the community, and was involved with UNESCO Romania, raising awareness of their educational activities relating to equality, diversity and inclusion.
During the Covid-19 lockdowns, Roxana supported older members of her community, chatting to them through windows, paying their bills at a local post office, as well as shopping and cooking for them. She also works hard to raise awareness of youth initiatives to make sure that young people’s voices are heard.
We are very proud of Roxana’s service to her schools and local community, and her sense of responsible citizenship. She is very welcome at Notre Dame and we wish her all the best for her studies.