BIRMINGHAM Mail: Our Say.ONE OF the duties of a big city newspaper like the Birmingham Mail The Birmingham Mail is a tabloid newspaper based in Birmingham, UK but distributed around Birmingham, The Black Country, Solihull, Warwickshire and parts of Worcestershire and Staffordshire. is to recognise the good things in life - and to do all that we can to encourage them.
Nowhere is that philosophy more important than in connection with our schools.
It's why we have a 'School of the Week' page.
And why, yesterday, we unveiled our first BirminghamMail Schools Awards.
Schools are the 'manufacturers' of the city's crown jewels crown jewels
Ornaments used at the coronation of a monarch and the formal ensigns of monarchy worn or carried on state occasions, as well as collections of personal jewelry consolidated by European sovereigns as valuable assets of their royal houses and the offices they . It's where the shining stars Shining Stars is a program introduced by Russ Berrie Inc. toy company in partnership with the International Star Registry. Russ Berrie's Shining Star Friends product line was introduced to market the program. of the future will be nurtured and developed into the workers and leaders of tomorrow.
The very people who will grow up to make the key decisions when the adult readers of today's paper are reaching the end of their working lives.
Even in this inaugural event, it was clear to see how a little encouragement can have such positive rewards.
Bright-eyed, eager young pupils travelled from across the region to attend celebrations championed by BRMB's breakfast star, Elliott Webb.
Our winners included head teacher of the year Linda Howell, from St Joseph's Catholic Primary, and our school of the year was Holland House Infants.
But, beyond such obvious headlines, there were also stories of how individual initiative and determination can turn the good into the exceptional.
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Yet Geoff Snookes, the caretaker at St Mary's Catholic Primary in Harborne, hasn't stopped there.
The former factory worker has also created a puppet theatre and painted beautiful designs in the loos.
He won our School Support Staff award after being described as 'one in a million'.
In truth, each and every one of the winners and short-listed candidates yesterday were exceptional.
Like Geoff, they have all made a real difference.
Read the BirminghamMail School Awards reports on pages 8 and 9 today, and don't miss our eight-page picture special on these local heroes in tomorrow's paper.