Headteacher's Blog 7Posted on 17/06/2020
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela
George Floyd’s recent death at the hands of a police officer was shocking, needless and wrong. Events like this should not be taking place in the 21st century.
As repugnant as this event is, we must not fall into the moral trap of feeling that ‘it doesn’t apply to us’.
The death of George Floyd once again makes us all reflect on the issues of race and prejudice in society in the UK. The protests in London and other UK cities could be seen by some as examples of a divided nation. However, if we look at the many stories hidden below the headlines, there are reasons to feel a sense of renewed hope; the scenes of two women pleading to a crowd that was about to clash with police asking them to stop; they cried “no, no, no, this is not what we are here for”, showing a huge amount of courage and moral leadership (https://newsinfopark.com/news/2020-06-08/article/brave-young-woman-steps-in-front-of-crowd-to-stop-objects-being-thrown-at-police-64612/nip-web-desk-team/amp/). I was also touched by the heroic efforts of Patrick Hutchinson and his friends who stepped in to protect a man and carry him to safety during protests over the weekend (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-53044138). I will be touching on this issue in my ‘live’ assemblies on Teams over the coming weeks.
Wymondham College is a diverse and special community. We stand against all prejudice. We strive to be even better in all that we do, as our 2019 anti-bullying policy states;
“Wymondham College is proud of its diverse community and it will strive to recognise, respect and value people’s differences, but above and beyond this, to celebrate the richness that this can bring.”
I started this blog post with a quote from Nelson Mandala and I end with another from Martin Luther King; “The time is always right to do what is right.” We all have a role to play in ending prejudice in all its forms and I look forward to sharing with you in the new academic year developments at the College and partnerships that we will form that will ensure that wisdom will continue to flourish.