LGBT Awareness Week
The pupils at Southfield School learned valuable lessons about equality amongst diversity as the school held its first LGBT Awareness Week. Southfield School is a proud supporter of the Stonewell charity campaign ‘Education for All’ which promotes tackling homophobic bullying and supports LGBT: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans young people.
The pupils took part in a range of activities through the week which raised awareness of the campaign. On Thursday 24th November they were allowed to dress in bright colours and each received a pair of rainbow laces from Stonewall's 'Education for All' campaign. There was further recognition of the well-known rainbow symbol that day, as the whole school assembled in the playground in the shape of a rainbow to show their stance against homophobic bullying. The previous week was national Anti-Bullying Week where the students took part in activities around the theme ‘Power for Good’. Both awareness weeks form part of the school’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural curriculum.
Jacqui Hill, Head of School said: “We are really proud to be promoting this campaign at Southfield. As part of our Equality, Relationships & Sexuality Education and Anti Bullying policies we have a duty to ensure all of our students feel safe and respected in school and have an understanding of diversity in the wider world. This includes LGBT awareness and an awareness of derogatory language which is based on sexual orientation & gender.”