Burnt Mill celebrate LGBT History Month

Burnt Mill Academy / Wed 7th Feb 2018 at 10:07am


YOUNG people are celebrating LGBT History Month by taking pride in their family.

The Burnt Mill Academy Trust (BMAT) schools are marking the month-long event with a series of activities.

In the west Essex hub of schools, the Pride in Our Family tagline is being used throughout the month at Burnt Mill Academy, Freshwaters Primary Academy, Little Parndon Primary Academy, Cooks Spinney Primary Academy, Roydon Primary Academy and Sir Charles Kao UTC, in Harlow, and Epping St John’s School, in Epping.

Allan Osborne, executive principal and leader of the hub, said: “The pastoral care of our children within BMAT is just as important as the wonderful exam results they also achieve. To us, the two go hand in hand in creating outstanding citizens who are able to achieve great things on the world stage.

“BMAT is a nurturing and caring Trust and that is demonstrated during times like LGBT History Month.”

At Burnt Mill, assemblies will be held on LGBT History Month for all year groups focusing on the prejudice the LGBT community faces and highlighting the support which is out there.

Form time activities will include looking at LGBT case studies and writing letters of support to the LGBT community explaining the help that is available, while a display board will celebrate LGBT celebrities.

Kayleigh Trainor, head of humanities, said: “Students will also design an LGBT badge and hold cake sales throughout the month to raise funds for charities supporting the community.

“We want to make sure we are developing well-rounded young people and not just students who can pass exams. We want them to understand the struggles some people go through just to be themselves and that nobody should be treated any differently for it.”

At Epping St John’s School, a colourful cake sale will raise money for an LGBT charity chosen by students in a vote.

Daniella Perry, subject leader for sociology and SMSC, said: “In keeping with LGBT History Month, we will also focus on the theme Geography; Mapping Our World in our SMSC lessons, with the aim of giving students a wealth of knowledge and to promote equality and diversity for all.

“Epping St John’s also has LGBT history posters around the school and our wonderful co-head will deliver an assembly to all year groups, with the focus being LGBT history.

“This is a truly wonderful celebration where every student, member of staff and parents/carers have the opportunity to take part and be involved.”

At Sir Charles Kao UTC, a Pride in STEM experiment and competition of rainbow building is being held for the whole school.

Students will also produce a stain glass Pride in STEM painting.

Assemblies will take place at Royal Docks Academy, in Newham, looking at celebrating diversity and stamping out homophobic language in the playground.

John Blaney, executive headteacher, said: “At Royal Docks Academy, we are a very inclusive community. While we promote inclusion throughout the year, we feel it is important to use LGBT History Month to celebrate the contribution LGBTQ people make to society. We also remember those who worked tirelessly to achieve the more inclusive society we enjoy, while reminding our pupils that in some countries in the world people face brutality and death because of their sexuality.” 

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