Foundry Lane Primary School Celebrates Diversity Week
Last week, children and staff from Foundry Lane Primary School celebrated Diversity week which culminated in a Rainbow Dress Up day.
Throughout the week, the school community took part in lessons which celebrated inclusion, diversity and celebrated the differences which make us all special and unique. Some of these lessons focussed on topics such as what diversity means, what it means to be unique and proud of who you are, what different families look like, recognising when people are judging others and dispelling myths and looking at a range of role models.
Guest speakers and staff spoke to the children throughout the week inspiring them not to be put off following their dreams just because society may not see these as “traditional” roles for men or women.
Some of the children volunteered to be Diversity champions for the school ensuring that everyone in the school had a voice and felt supported to be the very best they can be without fear of judgement or prejudice.
The school ran a competition for the pupils to design a Diversity and Inclusion flag for their community. The overall winner was Robyn from Year 4 with runner prizes going to Leyton, Year R, Ruby in Year 1, and Ben in Year 2, Adam in Year 3 and Toby in Year 6.
Elements of each of the winning designs have now been incorporated into a final flag design which the school are now looking to have made into a flag once they find someone who can do this for them.
The week finished in a blaze of colour for Rainbow Dress up day when everyone was invited to dress in their favourite bright colours in return for a donation to the school’s chosen charity, Breakout Youth. Breakout Youth is a Southampton based charity linked to No Limits who provide invaluable support for young people across the city. Thanks to the community’s generosity, they raised an amazing £389 on the day with the final amount increasing to over £450 in the following couple of days. Zoe, project manager from Breakout Youth said, “I cannot tell you how much we appreciate being chosen as your charity to fundraise for. Without support like this, we would not be able to do the work that we do to support LGBTQ+ young people in Southampton.”
Foundry Lane Primary School are so proud to have such a diverse community and hope that their activities inspire others to celebrate their differences and help to break down myths and stereotypes.