On Thursday 18th January, the whole of Year 8 and 9 took part in anti-racism workshops run by the organisation, Every Future Foundation.
We are conscious that growing up in a world where prejudice and discrimination does happen can feel intimidating and unknown for students who are also still discovering their individual identities. Alongside this, we want to provide safe spaces where students can feel proud and empowered of those unique characteristics and connections they have to themselves, but also understand the beauty of their difference to others, and the connections they may share within a community.
The workshops were an invaluable experience for students to engage with the topic of racism with a mature and informed approach. It was fantastic to see students actively discuss the different types/forms of racism. They also began to consider awareness of diverse lived experiences, and how we can respond to racism in a constructive, yet peaceful and helpful way. The workshops focused on how ultimately this creates true change in society, and as young people, they hold the potential for change where change is needed.
We are also very proud that the feedback from the organisation was so positive; commenting on how engaged, thoughtful and compassionate students were in their approach.
Thank you to all those involved with the running of the day, and to Year 8 and 9 students for their engagement, and we look forward to continuing the conversation on how to truly embrace and embed inclusivity in our wonderfully diverse community.