Shoalhaven police superintendent Steve Hegarty told primary school girl Ava Boundy she should be proud to receive a Shoalhaven Local Area Command integrity award.
Hailing from Terara Public School, the Year Six student is vigilant in looking out for kids who have been bullied or hurt in the playground.
“I’m always helping the students and supporting them,” Ava said.
“Sometimes kids get bullied, and I always help them if they’re feeling a bit down and include them.”
Being a school captain at a close-knit school, her peers have looked up to Ava for support.
“She participates enthusiastically in all school events and is often involved in their organisation,” Terara principal Deborah Sansom said.
“Her enthusiasm spans a wide range of events from sports carnivals and sporting teams to choir, ANZAC Day and arts events, showing pride in her school community.
“When others are hurt or upset, she is often first on the scene, comforting, calming and reassuring until a teacher arrives.”
Integrity award nominees must show honesty, pride within their school community, pride in the school uniform, act in the school statement of values, show leadership, take responsibility and consider others feelings.