This week we hosted our first ever Race and Culture Celebration Day. The aim was to start to create positive cultural change within the school, mark Black History Month and provide an opportunity for pupils to engage with diverse perspectives and engage with race and culture in a creative way.
Year 7 enjoyed workshops on black history with Malica Scott, teaching fellow at University College London. The workshop aimed to inspire PGS pupils, raise their aspirations and called on them to achieve. Year 8 headed to the school library for a workshop on inclusive approaches to reading, discussing assumptions about book covers and content. Middle School pupils also treated a packed Quad at lunchtime to some African Drumming.
Year 9 undertook workshops on racism with Roni Edwards, founder of Pamodzi Creatives, exploring the socio/economic impact of racism. Years 10 and 11 heard from Alex Ruddock, a local anti-racism activist who discussed her experiences of growing up in Portsmouth, the power of individuals to make positive change and black activists that have inspired her.
Our Sixth Form pupils had the opportunity to hear from Professor Kehinde Andrews. The first Professor of Black Studies in the UK, Kehinde provided an introduction to black studies and its importance in academia. He called on all pupils to think critically, challenge accepted narratives and to read, read, read!
It was an incredibly positive day with everyone engaged in their workshops and how their generation could tackle race and cultural issues in society.