A week long program of events was held to celebrate Leytonstone’s Equality and Diversity week and the introduction of the schools new values. The Anne Frank Trust showcased their exhibition around the life and death of Anne Frank and ran a series of workshops exploring issues around prejudice, xenophobia and its consequences. They trained a group of Year 9 students to act as guides and show other students around the exhibition and teach them about Anne Frank’s life. Some very deep conversations were had discussing xenophobia in the light of Leytonstone as an incredibly diverse school.
The next project for students to take part in was our Diversity Role Models visit. A range of role models came into the school to talk students about their experience as coming out as either lesbian, gay, bisexual or transexual. Role models told students their personal stories, and got students to reflect on the language they use when discussing LGBT people. At the same time Asad Dhunna, a journalist who has written for “The Independent” about his experience of being a gay British Muslim. Students read his article from the newspaper and discussed faith and sexuality with both Asad and Father Jack Dunn from St. Andrew’s Church who discussed sexuality and faith.
Prevent Assemblies were run by Sean Thompson from the London Borough of Waltham Forest, focusing on digital resilience and how to keep safe on line. Identifying and reporting extremist ideologies and behaviours were explored, the assemblies focussed on a wide range of extremist ideologies and behaviours, including extreme political as well as social and religious ideologies.
Well done to everyone involved – A great week involving the entire school!