Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) southern team visit the year 7 students of Shoeburyness High School.
Monday 18th April saw the Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) southern team visit the year 7 students of Shoeburyness High School. This particular school is part of a partnership SRtRC currently have with Southend County Council and Essex PCC.
The theme of the day was based around language and terminology which led into the topic of “banter.” The students discussed their understanding of racism and banter, they asked many questions and shared their own personal stories around the subject.
The southern team that visited Shoeburyness High School was made up of Manisha Tailor, Francis Duku, Steve Goodsell , Shona Chitate-Samuriwo and our newest volunteer Magdalena Borowska. Magdalena shared her story about moving to the UK with her 8 year son and answered various questions from the year 7 year group. Magdalena’s story can be found below.
Thank you to the staff and students of Shoeburyness High School for inviting us into their school and engaging amazingly in the workshops we hope that we made an impact on the students and we look forward to visiting your school in the future.
Magdalena Borowska's Story.
"Hello, my name’s Magdalena. I’m from Poland. I live in Southend on Sea and have done for about one year and 5 months. I live in a very nice flat in the centre of the town. I like Southend, the area and the people. I have one son. His name’s Dawid. He is 8 years old.
I started my education in Poland at a local primary school then next the secondary (economic) school in my town. After leaving school at 19 I moved to another city, and went to Higher School for five years to study finance management. I got my Master in Finance Management.
At present I go South Essex College to study English. It has always been my dream to have a good command of this language. I like to learn more about English people, their culture, everyday life, habits, and customs.
I like football and my team are Legia Warsaw, near my place Zawisza Bydgoszcz, in my town Grom Wiecbork.
My son’s First day in school – nervous?
Dawid was scared of lots of things before arriving, the thought that he would not make any friends, there were so many new children, new teachers, new language, new place.He started school in Year 1. He didn’t know anybody in his new school.
Some children weren’t nice to him, said to him bad words, pushed and kicked him in the playground in school. It was really difficult to be a new kid. He felt like he didn’t fit in for a really long time. He always told me after school what happened. I was shocked and upset and I reported this to the school. I told other parents about Dawid situations in school and I asked about their children.
Getting out of his comfort zone and learning to make a place for himself in a school where he felt like he didn’t belong was so hard. I am pleased to say that he is now happy and settled and is no longer bullied, but there were lots of times he just wanted me to take him away and back to Poland.
I feel we have got to make sure parents take more responsibility for the actions of the children. And we need zero-tolerance approach on any assaults on children by children.
There are a lot of problems nowadays which are very dangerous as well as very common in our society. One of them is racism. What is it? Generally speaking, it's a way of behaving when you show that you don't respect people because of their race and you explicitly show your animosity towards it.
Well, in my opinion racism is really dangerous, as I mentioned before. I'm totally convinced that racism isn't widely accepted and it should be punished. I said it was quite dangerous. Why?
Firstly, because it paves the way for hate and inequality. In my opinion people should be treated equally. People have rights to live comfortably and without insults from others.
So, that's my opinion. It would be better for our society and our world to make racism reduced to minimum and show that it's possible to live in peace. To end my considerations, I'd like to say that I'm against racism; in my opinion there is no reason to divide people."