Racial Justice

 

Bishops stand in solidarity  as they challenge the evil of racism

Please click the below link to read the full statement and letter from Bishops to the Young People in Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Southwark :

https://www.cbcew.org.uk/bishops-solidarity-with-sisters-and-brothers-in-usa-over-evil-of-racism-and-killing-of-george-floyd/  

A Message from your Bishops to the Young People in Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Southwark

 

Solidarity with the call for Racial Justice

The tragic death of George Floyd on 25th May 2020, and the world events that followed, will undoubtedly be remembered as a historical re-evaluation of what it means to live in a fair and just society. As a Catholic School, centered on Christ, it would be remiss and wrong for our community not to look within and to consider our own role in addressing racial injustice and societal inequality for a future without racism. 

I am pleased that at the heart of our introspection, our Student Leadership Body, made up of 70 students, have begun the seeds of change within our school. On Wednesday 10th June an Extraordinary Council Meeting took place remotely and many open, honest and frank conversations took place. The meeting was just over two hours long and it helped to frame the conversation for our own context. Members of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) were present at the meeting and took the voices and ideas of the students forward to the Governing Body for approval on Thursday 18th June.  

All 13 actions for change were agreed by governors and now the serious task of implementing them and evaluating their impact begins. The actions for change are: 

  1. An open Council Meeting to discuss ways we can respond in solidarity. (This has now happened 10/06/20) 
  2. Liturgical Theme of the Year for 20/21 will be ‘Justice’
  3. Choosing House Charities that promote greater justice and peace in particular for racial justice.. 
  4. A Review of the Curriculum: Race Review, Policy Review and Images and Artwork Review.
  5. Use of Daily Tutor Time one per month to focus on diversity.
  6. Further Staff Training and Student Education
  7. Cultural literature and new books and resources bought for the Learning Resource Centre.
  8. Creating a culture of reporting discrimination and tackling racism. 
  9. Educating all students about the rich history of each community (not just one dimensional).
  10. Creating a centralised space for support groups which aim to improve the chances of young people from communities that are statistically underrepresented at University. 
  11. Continue to promote the right to vote (especially in Year 12 and Year 13)
  12. Film Club that uses film/ media to educate about prejudice and discrimination and also to raise further funds for the House Charities. 
  13. Creating a symbol/logo for the theme of  ‘Justice’ to be identified solely with the work of St Philomena’s School.

In addition to this our trainee Educational Psychologist will be carrying out research with current Year 7 students. Her work will explore the factors that contribute to a sense of belonging in secondary aged students who identify as BAME. 

As a school we were deeply saddened to learn that any student, past or present, felt under represented or unable to fully achieve their potential. Our Mission and Vision is for each student to flourish into the person God has created them to be and to embark into the world with a strong faith and conviction for what is right and just in order to make the world a better place. Hearts and minds will be changed and every student, particularly our BAME students, will be heard and supported. 

Finally, on Monday 22nd June our House Captains, under the leadership of Karla Jandles-Rodriquez, produced a House Assembly on the theme of Solidarity. This assembly aimed to raise, educate and share the plans for our future as a fair and just community. We have also shared a number of ways in which our staff and students can work together for justice and peace. At the end of the assembly all students were given a chance to add or share ideas to this important work and their comments have been warmly welcomed and considered. 

We look forward to seeing the fruits of this work flourishing and benefiting future generations.

Ms M Noone             Mr T Newman
Headteacher             Assistant Headteacher- Student Leadership

St Philomena’s Catholic High School for Girls

Pound Street

Carshalton Surrey

SM5 3PS

T: 020 8642 2025

 

For general enquiries please mail:

enquiries@stphils.org.uk

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