On Tuesday 4th July, 2017 America celebrated Independence Day. Here at Hellesdon High School, meanwhile, we were making our own history.
During period 5, year 8 pupils assembled in the hall for a special and pioneering assembly against Hate-Speech. Many SHIELD members spoke or supported their friends from the front row. The topics we covered included:
- Hate Crimes- what they are and how they affect us (Miss Baker).
- The Trans* umbrella and positive ways to support trans* pupils (Terry).
- Islamaphobia vs. the real face of Islam (Tahmid).
- Traveller culture (Billy).
- Disability & Invisible Illness (Saffron, Ellen and Sophie).
- Bullying and the Toot Toot app in school (Sarah and Ebony).
- Hate Crime & the Law (School Community Police Officer).
We were also fortunate to have very talented school musicians to provide entertainment, using music which reflected the themes of our assembly. A special thanks to Miss Betts for organising these!
All of the speakers were received warmly and respectfully by Year 8, who listened in silence and applauded heartily.
We received several kind emails from the Heads of School and the Head of Year 8, Mr Stevenson praising the SHIELD team for their hard work.
Mr Earl said:
“it was absolutely inspirational. Whilst all the speakers were amazing, I was truly blown away by Terry! How he had the strength of character to deliver that speech to a whole year group was simply incredible.”
Mr Stevenson wrote:
“The honesty, bravery and confidence you showed to deliver such a well planned and empathetic presentation was amazing! I was stunned by the respect Year 8 showed you and that is testament to the power of your words…I am very hopeful that your 60 minutes of bravery will go on to reduce the stigma attached to a number of gender, religious and cultural issues.”
Miss Baker presented small prizes and certificates to all the speakers from the SHIELD team.
HHS: making history with pioneering diversity work!