This week: Stephen Lawrence, Y11 Talent Show, Ramadan and Sixth Form Head Students and Senior Prefect Team
In our main school assembly this week we heard about the very happy and positive life lived by Stephen Lawrence, and his appalling murder in 1993, at the age of 18. Stephen was killed because of the colour of his skin; this was a shocking, racially motivated attack by white youths, carried out as Stephen stood at a bus-stop with a friend.
Baroness Lawrence, Stephen’s mother, has campaigned over the years to make sure that Stephen is remembered for his life, not just the way he died, and she is determined to do all she can to oppose racism. She has set up a charity in his name which campaigns for improved opportunities for disadvantaged young people. Baroness Lawrence has also worked with politicians to make 22 April every year Stephen’s Day - a time to reflect on prejudice and find ways to challenge it.
Find out more about the charity here: www.stephenlawrence.org.uk
Many thanks to Sade, Mathilde, Chanya and Halle for presenting the assembly.
Y11 Talent Show
Last Friday we enjoyed some wonderful performances by Year Eleven in their last ever Talent Show! They showed us how skilled they are in dancing, singing and musicianship, and they raised £50.17.
The month of Ramadan will begin around 5th May and as a school we are respectful of individual pupils and families following their faith and culture. We are equally mindful of ensuring and recognising the wellbeing of all our pupils, as we know parents would want us to be.
This year, as in 2018, the month of fasting falls during school term time and coincides with GCSE and A level exams. This will put extra pressure on pupils who are fasting, especially with the length of the day at this time of year. I am therefore writing, as I did last year, with advice for parents and students. The Association of Schools and College Leaders together with Imams and Islamic scholars have produced information and advice on Ramadan and exams: 'Ramadan and exams'. This information advises Muslim pupils and families who are observing Ramadan that they need to take into consideration the impact of fasting and sleep deprivation on their studies and exams. For example, pupils who have important exams during Ramadan and believe that they will not be able to cope with fasting while sitting exams may opt not to fast on those days and make it up later. It also advises them to have enough sleep to avoid tiredness.
You may also wish to look at the NHS advice nhshealthyRamadan about the health impact of fasting particularly for younger children fasting during the long summer days in May and early June.
As a school we are respectful of differing views of how people wish to live their lives. We would be very grateful if you could remind your child that decisions on whether or not to fast are between you and your child only. No child should pass comment on decisions made by another child or family decision on this matter.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require any additional information or have any further queries.
Sixth form Head Students and Senior Prefect Team
Congratulations to our Year Twelve students who fought a very strong election campaign before Easter to win places as Head Students or Senior Prefects. I am delighted to announce the members of the new team: