During the month of March, QEII High School ran their ‘Tied Together’ campaign to celebrate diversity and the individuality of each of our students. Together with the School Council, we came up with a plan to celebrate our identities. This started with the selling of rainbow laces, which students and teachers were invited to wear in their trainers during PE/Games lessons and at fixtures. This was to show unity against kicking bullying out of our school. The use of rainbow laces had a significant relevance to combatting homophobia and transphobia and from this we have set up ‘Club ID’ which runs every Friday in Room 20, which is a safe space for students during lunchtime where they can come for advice if needed.
To celebrate all the hard work done by students throughout the month, we ran a ‘Celebration of Identity’ event. This event was open to all and attracted a good mix of students, teachers and parents. At this event we were fortunate enough to have a video sent to us by Shaun Dellenty, who is leading the way to tackling homophobia and transphobia in schools across the UK.
This video can be seen here https://youtu.be/sTri4lxo_3o.
At the event we also had a wonderful performance from our Dance Club who had put together a piece which reflected the hardships faced by those who identify as LGBTQ + and how we should support each other to be who we want to be.
Miss Dunne and Miss Wainwright, along with all those involved, would like to thank everyone who attended or got involved in our campaign. Students have embraced the campaign and wore their laces with pride to show that there is no room for bullying of any kind at our school.