Belonging Let’s talk about… Belonging and Race What makes your child (and other children) feel they belong in school? Is there something the school could improve on or do differently? We would like to talk with you about race and belonging. This is not always...
Let’s talk about…
Belonging and Race
What makes your child (and other children) feel they belong in school?
Is there something the school could improve on or do differently?
We would like to talk with you about race and belonging. This is not always easy but many incidences in the last year have shone a light on how our society is still tackling injustices due to racial discrimination and how there is a broader need for systemic change. We look always to reflect on ourselves as a school, how we create a sense of belonging and challenge unfairness and inequality.
The Hackney Schools Group Board (HSGB) is working with Orchard School to find out more about what you think, and the results of what you tell us will be used a platform for discussion by the school and by Hackney schools more widely. It will help all schools to plan children’s learning and how we make sure children feel they belong.
Attend a Google Meet session with other parents on: Thursday, 29th April at 10am to 11am.
Meeting link: meet.google.com/vqd-bwdk-wyc
Join by phone: (GB) +44 20 3937 3627 PIN: 699 305 205#
OR… you can complete a short survey here.
We hope you can join us!
For Christmas this year we were unable to celebrate with our usual ‘Sing a Long’ assemblies. Out children have instead learnt a poem, performed especially for our community.
‘Belonging’ is that sense of being somewhere where you can be confident that you will fit in and feel safe in your identity. Schools are one of the few shared social institutions which can create that sense of belonging. Agency is a mindset of possibilities. Agency is our ability to intervene in the world, to make a difference, to have our voice heard. To develop agency, you need a belief that you can make a difference. You also need the skills and the opportunities to act. As a mission-driven federation, we encourage pupils to be conscientious global citizens who do their part to build a kinder, more inclusive, and compassionate world.
Through World Week this year, our focus was to create safe spaces for our pupils to ask questions and share their own perspectives and experiences in relation to the two recent events of COVID 19 and Black Lives Matter. We also worked to create a community inspired video thinking about what it means to belong… watch our video here!
October is Black History Month in the UK. It is an annual event honouring the contributions and accomplishments of the Black British community. It celebrates both current and historical individuals and the positive impact they have made to our society. Black History Month provides great opportunities to highlight key moments in Black British history. It is important to celebrate the contributions of everyone to our society and support the multi-culturalism and diversity that helps shape our communities. In order to ensure that pupils receive multiple opportunities to learn about Black History, instead of Black History Day, there will be four assemblies across the month of October on the following themes: