Plymouth School of Creative Arts is celebrating School Diversity Week 2-6 July.
As part of our efforts to ensure our school environment is a place where every child can realise their potential, we will be joining tens of thousands of pupils and teachers taking part in School Diversity Week 2018 to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT+) equality in education.
Growing up remains unacceptably tough for LGBT+ young people: 40% contemplate suicide, 50% self harm and 96% still hear homophobic remarks. This has a potentially life-long impact on young people’s attainment and wellbeing. Alongside our anti- bullying and safeguarding policies, taking part in School Diversity Week is an important way of actively supporting LGBT+ young people in our school, and of demonstrating our commitment to an inclusive school environment where every young person can be themselves and thrive. It is a chance to explain to all our students the importance of diversity in the world we are preparing them for.
School Diversity Week 2018, organised by the charity Just Like Us (www.justlikeus.org), was launched with the support of the Department for Education and the Secretary of State for Education, Justine Greening MP. It is an annual event, with over 250,000 pupils and teachers taking part last year.
Children will be selling rainbow ribbon badges at the entrance and at breaktimes throughout the week to raise money for LGBT+ charities and, to mark the end of School Diversity Week 2018, we will be having a rainbow mufti day on Friday 6th July. Please provide a donation of 50p towards helping LGBT+ youth both in Plymouth and nationally.
In Phase 1, we will be collecting rainbows to represent how we are all different and special in our own unique ways. If you would like to create your own rainbow at home and bring it into school then please do!
In Phase 2, we will be looking at different types of families, gender roles and sexuality in our PSHE lessons.
Both Phase 1 & 2 will be welcoming a couple of special guests on Thursday. We will be taking part in the Drag Queen Storytime project, this project aims to capture the imagination and fun of the gender fluidity of childhood, while giving children a glamorous and positive example of how wonderfully different we all are. Our visitors will be sharing the picture book 10,000 dresses by Marcus Ewert with Year 1 and 2 in their studios and phase 2 in the theatre as part of their diversity assembly. If you would prefer your child to not be involved in this presentation then please let your child’s basecamp teacher know.
In Phases 3 and 4 students will have the opportunity during the week to take part in Core and Connections activities and assemblies to raise their own and others’ awareness of the meaning of, and how they relate positively to diversity in 2018 and beyond.