Seahouses Middle School in Northumberland reviewed their day with the SRtRC team in the school's monthly newsletter
Show Racism the Red Card
On Monday 18th May our whole school took part in a Show Racism the Red Card day organised by the charity of the same name. The aims of the day were:
- To familiarise our pupils with the causes and consequences of racism and equip them with a range of skills that will enable them to challenge racism.
- To enable our pupils to develop good relationships and respect the differences between people, regardless of ethnicity.
- To help our pupils prepare to play an active role as citizens in a growing multi-racial and multi-cultural society.
Every class had the opportunity to take part in a practical session run by two ex-professional footballers, Olivier Bernard of Newcastle United and Trevor Benjamin of Leicester City. The two footballers also talked to the children during classroom sessions which looked at 'What is Racism?', 'Racism and Respect', 'Stereotypes', 'Dealing with Racism', 'Why are People Racist?' and 'What can you do when you hear racism directed at other people?'
The day culminated in an assembly where the children could ask Olivier Bernard and Trevor Benjamin about their experiences of racism. The children were genuinely interested and shocked to learn about some of the abuse that had been directed towards the two footballers during their careers. Those children who asked questions were given a Show Racism the Red Card wristband while Ryan White in year 8 was awarded a signed Newcastle United football for his question which was judged to be the best question of the day by the organisers.
Many children wrote poems and designed posters during the day. The poem below was written by Oswin Harrat - Year 8.
Some people might look different to you,
They are not though, and that is true.
Once you see them don't make fun,
People can't help what is done.
Racism should be stopped.
And then the numbers of deaths might be dropped.
Controlling racism may be hard.
If you are a victim you could be scarred.
So don't take the risk of being barred,
Make people Show Racism the Red Card.
For this horrible crime is bad,
Once you start, don't make people sad.
Respect them and give them a life that they maybe once had.
Good, innocent people are in danger,
Once you start, don't think they are strangers.
One look is all you have to do, so why not allow?
Don't carry on with this, STOP RACISM NOW!!!