Little Heath School in Tilehurst celebrates diversity in pupil-led cultures day
A Tilehurst secondary school celebrated diversity, embraced its varied heritage and encouraged acceptance on a special pupil-led day two weeks ago.
Little Heath School’s cultures day on Friday, April 1, was a concept developed by the school’s diversity society, which was set up by a group of sixth form students last year.
The cultures day saw students from all year groups, and members of staff, go to the school in their own cultural dress, and the day managed to raise more than £1,500 for charity.
Year 13 student and diversity society member Safya said: “Cultures day was such an amazing experience. It was a day that showcased the fact that being different was a beautiful thing in our world.
“I walked into school and saw such a variety and array of colours and clothing which was so enriching to experience. It was a day to share a part of who you are and to see parts of who other people are.”
As well as wearing clothing from their individual countries, students and staff members from Little Heath also brought in national flags and showcased their flag’s colours as part of their clothing.
The day culminated in a cultural appreciation evening that saw a variety of unique performances, such as poetry readings, cultural dancing, musical showcases and a fashion show.
Year 13 head student and diversity society member Adwoa said: “LHS cultures day will be a precious memory for all students, especially those who were directly involved. For many this would’ve been the first time they would’ve stepped up to a stage to showcase talents many of us hadn’t seen before.
“For it to be met with such praise and applause is something I believe they will cherish as a part of their LHS school memories. I believe events like these will continue to build a stronger school community and bring about students who go out into the world with pride in where they came from and what they have learned, eager as they venture into the world and face whatever may be thrown at them.”
Snacks from different countries were available to purchase at break time along with a variety of cultural music playing as well.
The day was entirely planned and carried out by sixth form students, an impressive feat considering a number of them are currently sitting mocks and studying for their A-level exams.
Head of sixth form Toby Jessop said: “Having worked with the diversity society for over a year it was fantastic to see their hard work coming together.
“The students planned the whole day and evening and it was a brilliant success celebrating the wide variety of cultures we have at Little Heath School.”
The money raised was split between three charities: Medicines Sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders), Equal Justice Initiative and the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants.