Respect across the Trust
Teaching our learners to respect other cultures helps them understand and celebrate diversity. This gives them a better insight into some of the traditions and customs their friends may take part in and consequently aids them to recognise and respect ways of life that are different to their own. Learning about other cultures helps our learners to also understand different perspectives within the world in which we live. It helps dispel negative stereotypes and personal biases about different groups. By teaching our learners that we are all equal and should be treated as such despite race, religion, age, gender or social status we can work together for them to live in a more accepting world.
At Croxby Primary, Team Zebra have explored the factors that religions have in common and how they all believe in treating one another with respect and care. Whilst the Croxby Pandas explored different religions and found out about the places of worship each religion has.
Keyingham Primary School’s pupils have been travelling all over the world and respectfully learning about global life, beliefs, aspirations, challenges and cultures through our whole school LYFTA time sessions.
Schools across the trust also celebrated the beginning of the Lunar New Year on 1 February in many ways. This year marks the change from the Year of the Ox to the Year of the Tiger. Howden School’s Chinese Choir and Chinese Class celebrated with gifts like decorative chopsticks and donuts that were iced in the Chinese flag’s colours of gold and red. FS1 pupils at Penshurst Primary School thoroughly enjoyed learning about Chinese New Year. They created Chinese dragons and then performed a dragon dance.
Wolfreton School and Sixth Form College marked the day by incorporating the celebrations into their house challenge Friday. Students competed for prizes and house points by solving clues related to the animals of the Chinese zodiac.
To mark Holocaust Memorial Day, Hessle High School and Sixth Form College were honoured to hold a minute of silence and reflection to remember the millions of people whose lives were lost in the Holocaust, under Nazi Persecution, and in the genocides which followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur.
Students at Holderness Academy & Sixth Form College had the privilege to listen to a Holocaust survivor. The students met Eva who emulates resilience and aspiration along with showing them first hand why showing kindness and respect towards different cultures, faiths and people is so important.
Elsewhere, a group of Year 9 Winifred Holtby Academy students also took part in a webinar with a Holocaust survivor. Students heard stories of what it was like for the survivor’s family during the Holocaust and discussed the persecution she faced. Students could then ask questions during the webinar. They then used this to help extend their understanding of context for War Poetry and applied their new knowledge to the poems they have studied.
At Cottingham High School and Sixth Form College, students from Year 8 and 9 took part in training to use their respect skills to benefit their peers. The Mind Mental Health Charity delivered Wellbeing Ambassador Training so that students can support their peer’s mental health as well as their own.