SRtRC educators work with students in St Andrew's School to learn about racism and respect.
It was an excellent and very well organised by Manisha and Luther. Activities were made fun but also made the children think.
Mr Nigel Morris, Year 5/6 teacher, St Andrews School
We would like to thank staff and students at St Andrew’s School in Hertford for welcoming us into their wonderful school yesterday.
SRtRC staff members Manisha Tailor and Luther Blissett visited the school on the 10/11/15 to work with students on issues surrounding prejudice, discrimination and racism. The day started with an assembly for the participating students who watched our SRtRC film and got to learn about the aims of the day. They then split into different classes for the workshops.
Manisha worked with students on terminology, stereotypes and asking the students what qualities are most important in a friend. “Manisha's session in the classroom gave the children food for thought and they produced some colourful and creative responses to racism.” - teacher, St Andrew’s School. Students really enjoyed these workshops, and learned a lot from them, saying “Drawing a person and thinking about what makes them different and their qualities was also fun and it made us think about different religions. We now know that racism is not just about skin colour, but links to culture and religion too. Before the session with Manisha I really did not know that you can have mixed heritage and the message that she gave was you should respect other cultures and be proud of who you are.” - Year 5/6 pupils, St Andrews – Hertford.
Students also got to enjoy a fitness session lead by ex Watford and England player Luther Blissett. This session focused on team work and respect. “Luther took a fantastic session with the children with team building activities that they really enjoyed” (Mrs Bond, Year 5/6 teacher). The most important message of course is teamwork and inclusion which the students really understood “We liked everything about today. The fitness session with Luther was so much fun and it meant we could keep healthy and exercise as well as learn to work in a team.” – Year 5 and 6 students at St Andrews – Hertford.
The organisation from the school made sure that the day ran smoothly and the engagement of the students made for a really interesting and fun day. “It was an excellent and very well organised by Manisha and Luther. Activities were made fun but also made the children think”. - Mr Nigel Morris, Year 5/6 teacher, St Andrews – Hertford.
Our thanks go again to Herts for Learning, whose funding enables us to continue with this important work.