We took 60 local pupils and their teachers from Letham Primary School and Our Lady’s Primary School along to McDiarmid Park – home of St. Johnstone Football Club.
As part of our longstanding partnership with the club, its community trust and Perth & Kinross Council, we invited the pupils to take part in a day of anti-racism workshops and activities aimed at challenging their worldviews and pre-conceived bias.
The pupils began the day with a shared space briefing inside the Muirton Suite at McDiarmid Park. This helped everyone feel their opinions and expressions were equally valued amongst the group. From here followed some important, thought-provoking activities with our sessional workers which, for many of the pupils, was their first ever experience of anti-racism education.
“Our P5/6s learned about stereotyping and racism. With this we feel together we can now help to stop it from happening” - Mrs Mollison of Letham Primary School.
One of our sessional staff, ex-Hibs Mickey Weir took the pupils for a ‘highlighting inequality’ fun + fitness session within St. Johnstone’s indoor training facilities.
It was then time for the pupils to become reporters and journalists for the day. We were joined at our press conference activity by St. Johnstone FC stars Liam Craig and Liam Gordon. Liam Craig has been an exemplary help to the Show Racism the Red Card campaign for many years and we are grateful for his efforts.
The pupils posed some very inquisitive questions to the Saints players which reflected the children’s abilities to challenge perceptions and stereotypes in the media.
An incredibly knowledgeable and enlightening day was had by all. Thank you to St. Johnstone Football Club for hosting this Educational Club Event from Our Lady’s Primary School, Letham Primary School and all the team at Show Racism the Red Card Scotland.