National Schools Diversity Week
Here at Wingfield, we equip our young people to be responsible, respectful and active citizens who contribute positively to society, develop their appreciation of diversity, celebrate what we have in common and promote mutual respect for people different from themselves. We nurture the values of kindness and encourage our students to confidently challenge inequality. Without exception, our stance on any form of prejudice and discrimination is clear, one of zero tolerance.
The recent events in America, following the appalling death of George Floyd, have echoed throughout the world. Black Lives Matters demonstrations, to raise awareness of racial inequality and highlight the importance of challenging injustice, have been sparked globally.
We firmly believe such events serve as an important reminder of the vital role we play as educators and as a community in shaping current and future generations. Under usual circumstances, we would provide opportunities for all students to ask questions and share their views and opinions with others in a normal, safe classroom environment through respectful discussion. To support you as parents/carers in these unprecedented times should you wish to discuss the recent events with your child, below are links to three relevant Newsround articles providing children's responses on how the death of George Floyd has affected them, photos from around the UK of demonstrations against racism and an overview of the plight of black people throughout history, a video link to First News, an award-winning national UK newspaper for children and link to Childline, providing advice on how to cope with world news. I hope you find these resources useful.
Newsround: https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/52936388 https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/52813673 https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/5295049 ||
First News: https://live.firstnews.co.uk/#fvp FYI-IDGI-SPECIAL-EPI 1-%20RACISM,2s
Furthermore, this year, between Monday 22nd June and Friday 26th June, we are participating in National Schools Diversity Week, an opportunity for us all to demonstrate we are an accepting school community which celebrates diversity. Tasks have been set remotely through the PSHEE/SMSC Google Classroom.
We have also created a Virtual Assembly which can be found below