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Greenfield students show a red card to racism

posted 13 Feb 2018, 03:24 by
Students from Greenfield Community College have once again come together as part of Rights Respecting Day to tackle important issues and learn more about aspects of equality and diversity.

Year 7 students from both the Aycliffe Site and Sunnydale Campus were given the opportunity to work together with the ‘Foundations’ team from Sunderland’s ‘Foundation of Light’ to learn more about racism, how it can be tackled and how every student can be responsible for giving it the ‘red card’.

Students were given challenges and arranged into groups according to their viewpoints, after further discussion from the ‘Foundations’ team and the students themselves it was amazing to see how opinions changed. Students began to take responsibility for their own actions and understand how their behaviour could have negative and positive consequences.

Year 7 student Sophie Capstack was keen to get involved, ‘we were asked our opinion about different things’ said Sophie ‘like is it okay for someone to use an aggressive word to describe themselves. I said that if you say something aggressive about yourself , even if it’s just a joke it could offend another person and this would make them feel bad, even if you mean it as a joke’.

This is one day when there is a ‘collapsed timetable’ at Greenfield and year groups come together from both sites to experience a variety of activities with a range of internal and external providers. Greenfield is committed to every student and the well-being of the ‘whole child’ and Rights Respecting Day is a valued part of this commitment.

The day was a great success and a big thank you to ‘Foundations’ team who were exceptional advocates, the students were keen to learn and were able to engage and enjoy the day.