A DEDICATED schoolgirl has been given a special award for her excellent attendance after achieving a whopping five years without a single day off.
Sophie Barnfather has battled on through colds and illness and attended St Helen’s Primary School, in Thorpe Street, on the Headland, every day for five whole years.
The 11-year-old Hartlepool girl had one week off in Year 1 when she caught chicken pox, but since then has never missed a day.
And to praise Sophie for her efforts, the school have awarded her with a charm for a bracelet she has, in the shape of a bee, because the school’s attendance mascot is a bee.
The school’s social inclusion officer, Sandra Wilson, said: “Our attendance mascot is a bee and we use the phrase ‘Bee in school, bee here’, so that’s why we decided to get her a bee charm for a bracelet she has.
“We’re all really proud of her for battling on through colds or when she’s been poorly.
“Sophie struggled some days when she has been ill, but she has always been adamant that she wanted to attend school.
“She’s a good role model for children coming up through the school because they will hear her story and hopefully want to do the same.
“It will give them some encouragement hopefully.”
She added: “Every term, Sophie has been given certificates for her full attendance, and also at the end of every year.
“Now she has five years under her belt she’s got a full squad!”
Sandra said there were 19 children across the whole of the school who have been recognised for having 100 per cent attendance in this last school year.
“They have all been given a certificate, while their parents have been sent a letter of congratulations.
Sophie and the other children will also be taken to Fizzy Izzy’s ice cream parlour in Seaton Carew as a treat.
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