The Thomas Hardye School

Students take part in Diversity Week.


Diversity week was a week-long event including hundreds of schools across the country. During the week of July 1st – 5th there were events happening across the school to celebrate diversity and raise awareness of the issues surrounding this. Students manned a diversity stand talking passionately about equality and tackling discrimination.  Every break and lunch time they sold badges (raising an impressive £48.79 for ‘Just Like Us’), advertising books that our library hold which deal with a range of diversity issues and most importantly, sharing with their peers why they are passionate about equity.

All students across years 9 and 10 took part in creating our “diversi-tree” display. Students were given a leaf and asked to write something unique about themselves on it; there were some fantastic responses from eye colour, DNA, fingerprints to particular skills that they have. One of our favourite responses was “I am unique because I am me”. Each tutor group was asked to provide one reason why they thought diversity was important. All of these responses have been used to create colourful displays around the school. The week ended with all students being invited to attend a bracelet making session Friday lunchtime and enjoy cake and refreshments together.

‘Just Like Us’ is a charitable organisation that aims to help young LGBTQ+ people to embrace difference and how to cope with discrimination. They believe that the best way to do this is to keep raising awareness that all people are the same. For our diversity week we wanted to take this further and include all differences between people as we feel that singling out one type of diversity does not reflect what inclusion truly is.




July 2019