Staff at Thomas Cowley have been reminding students what the UK has gained from its rich multicultural past and present through a whole school celebration of cultural diversity.
At the centre of this celebration is a film which features both students and teachers proudly proclaiming their cultural heritage.
Steve Sneddon, leading the ‘One School, Many Cultures’ campaign, said, “We are proud of the fact that nine different languages are spoken by our students, our school is home to 40 cultural identities, 6 ethnic groups and 4 religions. We are a truly cosmopolitan, culturally diverse setting – but we are also one school, one solid community. That makes us very proud.”
Next term, Year 7 students will be continuing to learn about diversity through the school’s innovative literacy strategy. This connects the text being taught in English with every other area of the curriculum. ‘The Skin I’m In’, a novel by Sharon Flake, tells the story of Maleeka, who is taunted at school for her cultural difference. It is a reminder of what can happen when schools are not proactive in promoting tolerance and inclusion.