On Friday 22nd April, we will be holding our first Stephen Lawrence Day. This day is dedicated to Stephen's memory, allowing us all to reflect upon the part we all play in creating a society in which everyone can flourish. This day has been planned to inspire children to dream freely without barriers and to realise the absolute importance of education to attaining those dreams. We want our children to get involved in creating the kind of community they want to live in and we want them to have a strong voice in building a fairer and more inclusive society.
For our younger children, the aim of the learning is to encourage a respect for and understanding of difference. Being kind, respectful and inclusive of others are key themes. "It's good to be different" is a key message throughout their learning and will be linked to our Federation's philosophy.
All children and staff are invited to come to school wearing black, white and orange - the colours of the Stephen Lawrence Foundation. We will enjoy a Jamaican themed lunch inspired by Stephen's heritage and the children will enjoy a range of activities across the day including; building bridges, writing their own poems about being unique and special, making talent trees and decorating pebbles and hearts relating to the learning taking place during the day. Each year group will focus on key language relating to Stephen and his legacy and will pull on previous learning to make those important links in their learning.
Later in the summer term, we will be planting our own Stephen Lawrence commemorative tree which will be located on the school grounds. The pebbles and hearts decorated by the children will be scattered around or hung on the tree to provide us with a constant and beautiful reminder of the importance of inclusivity, equality and difference.