Our annual event with Bangor City FC at Ysgol David Hughes School.
Having worked at the school for three consecutive years with the year 7 & 8 groups we have now worked with every pupil in the school of over 1000 young people.
Jason Webber - Campaign Worker
This was the 3rd year running we have held an event with Bangor City FC at Ysgol David Hughes and will possibly be the last based at the school with Bangor City’s brand new impressive stadium being finished this week.
Our Welsh Education team for this trip - ex-professional footballer Christian Roberts and Chris Stoakes - were in the classroom for an anti-racism workshop with Year 8, who also attended our event last season at the school.
The young people seemed to remember a lot of the key messages and Chris and Christian held some stimulating debates during their interactive activities.
The afternoon session at the school was based in the main hall with the whole of year 7 in attendance: around 200 young people. The young people started by watching the campaign DVD and took the opportunity to design questions ready for the Question and Answer session.
Christian and Jason were joined on the panel by Bangor City FC first team player Sean Edwards and Coach Ioan Llewellyn (main picture) for the Question Time session with the young people.
The best asked questions by Kerion and Cerys received match tickets for Bangor City’s first game at their new stadium and a SRtRC goodie bag.
Our annual event with Bangor City FC at Ysgol David Hughes was a great occasion, one that has grown from strength to strength over the years.
The event was attended by Helen Wharton who is a EAL Co-ordinator for Gwynedd along with a teacher from Ysgol cae Top school. Helen spoke about the workshop delivered and said:
"Mrs. Enid Pritchard (Ysgol Cae Top) and I went to observe a workshop with the SRtRC team. There were two presenters working with a group of Year 8 boys. The team were doing a presentation to the whole of Year 7 in the afternoon but unfortunately we were unable to stay for that.
"It was a long session – from 10.55 to 12.35. The boys were attentive throughout because the two, very cool young men presented the serious issues in a humorous and challenging way. The boys asked and answered questions thoughtfully, even the ones who initially were trying to steal the attention for themselves (handled very effectively).
"In the session, the emphasis was on educating yourself about racism – exploring the reason why skin colour, being the most obvious difference, is such a huge part, but not the only part, of racism. In order to find out about people’s culture, religion and nationality, you have to talk to them.
"Stereotypes were discussed as was the power of the press to influence the way people view others and endorse stereotypes for financial rewards.
"Current terminology was tactfully and sensitively discussed and a brief history of the reasons why certain words and phrases are offensive was effectively conveyed in a calm and understated manner.
"The two group activities using photos to challenge the pupils’ stereotypes, invoked much discussion and challenged the way the boys thought.
"The overall message - that we must examine and re-think the way we perceive the world - was clear. The workshop ended by encouraging the boys to share the ideas and new knowledge with as many people as possible.
"It was a pleasure to be included in the workshop and we would like to thank SRRC and Ysgol David Hughes for giving us the opportunity to share the experience. I will highly recommend that SRtRC visit as many of the schools I work in as possible."
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