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Sixth Form students deliver outstanding assembly on Black history month

19 October 2021  |  Jill Lundberg  |  Posted in: ,

SIXTH FORM STUDENTS PRESENT OUTSTANDING ASSEMBLY ON BLACK HISTORY MONTH: On behalf of the Equality and Diversity Group, Ellie Lovatt and Archie Marshall presented an outstanding assembly to all year groups about the aim of Black History Month and to raise awareness of equality and discrimination. Please do spare a few minutes to read through their inspirational presentation HERE.

We were delighted to catch up with Ellie and Archie to find out more about the Equality and Diversity Group and the great work involved in their latest assembly:

Who put the assembly together?

We are both a part of the Equality and Diversity Group which was established in 2020, in response to the death of George Floyd and the increasingly apparent need for a more in-depth discussion on race-related issues. We both volunteered alongside Annabel Garrard, Katie Hyman and Holly Myers. We worked on the presentation, researched and presented, Annabel and Katie did research and Holly worked on the presentation and researched.

Where did you get your inspiration for the content from?

As a group, we worked together and identified people that we had personally been inspired by who we thought younger students would be aware of and relate to. For example, Chadwick Boseman is well known for his role as the Black Panther in the marvel universe and many students will be well aware of who he is, however they may never have properly considered the significance of him being the first black superhero.

The Sixth Form Equality and Diversity group has many more ideas like this in the works that we hope to bring to the wider school throughout the year. We hope to cover a variety of topics that will provoke students to challenge their thoughts and become more conscious of biases within our society, as well as inspiring them to be more open minded and accepting individuals.- ELLIE

I have been inspired by many of the people spoken about in the presentation, especially that of Marcus Rashford – that is why I focused my research on him and his work for charity and child poverty.

I think it is incredibly important to regularly discuss the diversity in our society and to acknowledge the achievements of people from different backgrounds. I hope that more assemblies and presentations on topics like this continue, not just at Richmond School, but schools across the country to help tackle outdated ideas of race in the United Kingdom. – ARCHIE

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