Our SHIELD logo is finished, fabulous and ready to be circulated for the world to see! Designed by Kyra Cornish, one of our talented pupils and a SHIELD member, the SHIELD judging panel chose her design over other brilliant entries for its powerful message.
Firstly, we have the person with the globe for a head to reflect our commitment to making our local and global community a more loving, supportive place.
Secondly, we have the figure in LGBTQ+ colours who symbolises our respect and equal acceptance for everyone in our school, regardless of their sexuality or gender identity.
Thirdly, we have the black figure which is open to interpretation: maybe they represent our pupils who are from ethnic minorities or maybe they are a figurehead for mental health?
Most important, we have our equality symbol = We all deserve equal respect, kindness and support.
We hope you like our new logo as much as we do!
Last year, Miss Baker attended a training day in London run by the LGBTQ charity Stonewall about making Hellesdon pupils feel valued and supported, regardless of their gender, sexual orientation or gender identity.
There are as many young people who identify at LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Questioning) in the United Kingdom as there are left-handed people, according to a recent survey by the LGBT Foundation.
SHIELD decided we should work towards making the HHS school environment feel like a more inclusive place for our LGBTQ students.
We made posters to display in subject departments around the school of LGBTQ academic heroes and celebrities.
We also asked our lovely librarian, Mrs Skeggs to order books for KS3 and KS4 pupils which feature storylines, characters or themes which affect LGBTQ young people.
We hope and expect all our pupils, regardless of their sexual orientation to respect and tolerate each other and include our LGBTQ pupils and colleagues.
One amazing thing the Hellesdon SHIELD team have been doing is thinking of ways to fundraise and support local charities who aid homeless or vulnerable people in Norwich.
We voted at the first SHIELD meeting to help the homeless in Norwich as they are a very visible presence in the city centre and many pupils at our school feel concern for them, particularly in the colder months.
Recently, we donated backpacks and sleeping bags (kindly provided by the Drama department, site management and our Duke of Edinburgh team!) to the Peoples’ Picnic: a local charity who run a scheme to recycle un-used food from major supermarkets in the area to donate to those in need.
Our contact Karen from The Peoples’ Picnic was very pleased with our donation!
You can find out more about The Peoples’ Picnic on their Facebook page “The Peoples’ Picnic“.
Time for a weekly update!
As you can perhaps see, we now have a website (insert exclamation mark here). anyway jokes aside, we have a few things going on this week:
- One such thing is the creation and maintenance of this website, which we are going to use as a blog to keep track of what we’re doing over the next few months and also to keep people updated on what we’re doing as well. On the side note, if anyone wants to make some SHIELD related art for the website, that would be wonderful and much appreciated
- Also, in the library there are now some more books with characters who come from LGBTQ backgrounds, Ask Mrs Skeggs for more info about them.
- Additionally in the library, we now are setting up a wonderful display to show some of the books we are putting in the library. Be sure to check it out!
Be sure to check back next week for more updates!