Equality Week 2017
Ruislip High’s first ever Equality Week took place during the week beginning Monday 13th November. This special event was organised by Mr Campbell, the school’s diversity and equality co-ordinator, and had a focus on gender identity and sexuality.
The week included events and tutorials aimed at different year groups. Highlights included:
- Talk by a guest speaker from the National Council of Women (Jenny Raw) with optional workshop.
- Assembly on ‘toxic masculinity’.
- Tutorial activities discussing gender identity, gender stereotyping, and sexuality.
- Anti-bullying workshop by Diversity Role Models.
Another key event in Equality Week was a talk from Sanjay Sood-Smith from the organisation Stonewall. He spoke to all Year 9, Year 10 and Year 11 students on Thursday 16th November in the main hall. Sanjay is renowned for his appearance on Series 10 of The Apprentice and has previously worked in banking and finance. He is now a national campaigner for Stonewall, which promotes LBGT awareness (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender). Sanjay said, “We aim for everyone to treat gay people with acceptance without exception. When I realised I was gay at the age of about 14 I was really scared and I thought something was wrong with me. It was a secret I was keeping from everyone. What we really want is acceptance from all. ‘Gay’ should not be used as a word meaning ‘bad’.” Sanjay’s presentation led to some interesting questions from the students which he happily answered.