Pupils from Year 9 were recently invited to the Civic Centre in Sunderland to learn about the campaign to 'Show Racism The Red Card'.
Follwing the visit, our pupils wrote about the experience, and the quality of written work was so good, we've decided to use the whole text from one pupil to explain what happened, along with a couple of quotes from other pupils who attended, so below are the words of Lynette Steel from 9B2.
"On Friday 10th January, pupils from Thornhill School travelled to the Civic Centre in Sunderland to learn about racism. In the Civic Centre, the event took place in the council chambers, where there was a variety of people to teach the children about racism, and how to combat this dreadful form of bullying.
The day started with the children answering some true or false statements about racism, and people's views on the subject. It was revealed that many pupils were misled about statistics involving immigration, terrorist attacks and multiple other issues because of the media.
Next, students watched an interesting DVD about racism in people's lives, along with the effects it had on them. Even a few famous footballers appeared on there, such as Ryan Giggs and Sebastian Larsson, stating their thoughts on racism, even previous experiences! The DVD even showed how someone could stop racist people, by telling a friend, parent or teacher.
The Day was rounded off by pupils having the chance to ask a panel of two footballers, as well as the Mayoress, questions about racism. The panel told of stories of past racist experiences and how they dream of racism being stopped in the future. Each pupil was given an informative magazine on racism as they left, to provide them with more information outside the event. Overall, the children said they enjoyed the event, and learned lots of new things on the subject." Lynette Steel Yr 9.
"The children were asked to play 'Chinese Whispers', it started at one end of each row and it was great fun." Tasnim Khan Yr 9
"We had a very fun, interactive and informative day, we all left with a greater understanding of racism and how Show Racism The Red Card are working to stamp it out for good." Emily Brown Yr 9.