Here is the special edition of ThinkBuckingham dedicated to Black Lives Matter. Thank you for all of your wonderful contributions.
The winner of the ‘Article’ competition is Aaliyah Naina-Mankar
The winner of the poetry competition is Amba Patel with ‘Let’s Connect the World’
The winner of the ‘illustration’ competition is Chloe-Isabell D’Souza
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With best wishes
Mrs J Devlin
Let’s Connect The World
We bleed the same tears,
We cry the same blood,
We all have challenges to overcome;
We all sit and ponder
And watch our lives from above
But what sets us apart is just a gene -
A skin colour which we can’t help to show.
We all hide in the dark,
We all are scared of the flow
But tell me why,
Why does it have to set us apart?
Why doesn’t it bring us together
As a community as a whole?
The colour of a skin shouldn’t determine your life
Or your personality,
What matters is what you create yourself to be
And make those people free;
Those horrors they face
They will no longer face it alone-
Let’s connect the world
As a community as a whole.
By Amba Patel
Black Lives Matter By Grace Sanni
Black Lives Matter (BLM) is an organized movement advocating for non-violent civil disobedience in protest against alleged incidents of police brutality against Afro-American people. An organization known simply as Black Lives Matter exists as a decentralized network with over 30 chapters in the United States and sister organizations worldwide, while a larger Black Lives Matter movement exists consisting of various separate like-minded organizations such as Dream Defenders and Assata's Daughters. The broader movement and its related organizations typically advocate against police violence towards black people, as well as for various other policy changes considered to be related to black liberation
The overall Black Lives Matter movement, however, is a decentralized network and has no formal hierarchy. The movement returned to national headlines and gained further international attention during the global George Floyd protests in 2020 following Floyd's death by police officerDerek Chauvin in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Everyone is Equal
Everyone is equal
The colour of someone’s skin should not define who you are as a person
People should not be degraded
Should not feel less than
Should not feel more than someone
Because of something so minor
Something you can’t change
Something that is natural
Such as, your race or the colour of your skin
The colour of your skin does not decide your worth
The colour of your skin does not decide how relevant you are
Or how long you will live
People should not have to live their lives in fear that they will be treated differently
Because of the colour they have been since birth
Your colour does not decide who you are as a person
Who you are as a person is decided on how you treat others
Who you are as a person is decided on the respect you show towards others.
The Black race are people
As people, they deserve to be treated with basic human rights
Why are they treated like dirt?
By Thailia Lambourne
During the week of 8 June, students in Years 7 and 8 (Personal Development Google Meets) explored the recent events surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement. Students explored and discussed the protests that have taken place (with a focus on America and Britain), viewed articles on the topic, and were introduced to related concepts, such as white privilege and power.
In addition, a discussion on ‘who decides our history’ took place, with the context being the toppling of Edward Colston’s statue in Bristol. Students were asked to reflect on what they and other people can do in order to show their support for this cause.
It was a brilliant discussion, and we hope that through it students were able to enhance their understanding of the importance of inclusion and equality. We want students to be able to stand strong against all forms of discrimination, hate and violence and to promote tolerance between all people in society.
Some students have created their own illustrations in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and a couple of examples of these are shown here.
Curriculum Leader of Personal Development (PSHE & Enrichment)
Following the Personal Development Google Meets, students were asked to give feedback via a Google Form and some of these responses are shown below:
Question: What did you learn today? More about the black lives matter protests that have been occurring everywhere at the moment
I learnt about what happened to George Floyd in more detail and learnt about BLM. I also learnt about white privilege which I already knew about but learnt more.
White Privilege What it meant by BLM What the meaning of the statue was
I learnt more about what is happening in the world and little things I can do to help it. I also expanded my knowledge on what white privilege is.
That all lives matter and it doesn’t matter what race you are.
Question: What would you like to go and research?
How to make a difference and stand up for others
I want to know more about the Black Lives Matter movement.
About all of the people that have been killed by police officers and about white privilege.
How to help against it.
What is other things happen because of racism.
Learn more about what a white privilege.
More ways to help with what’s going on in the world and why it is happening.
I’d like to research what will change in the future. Will racism be stopped?
Please see below some resources that will help to educate and inform about the Black Lives Matter movement:
The school website has a wealth of important and useful information, so please take the opportunity to look around.
Additionally, we have created a dedicated section 'Joining us in Year 7', which includes information and resources to hopefully help with your child...
The School's care for students who require our support with Anti-Bullying, Safeguarding and the Student First team are available via the following email addresses:
Anna Feud, National Centre for Children and Families, has produced an electronic Selfcare Summer pack.
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Dear Parent / Carer and Students of Year 12
We have been pleased with how Year 12 have adapted to change throughout the year and even more so since March.
All through the year, we have impressed upon our students the need to remain on top of their studies and focus on their organisation and ti...