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Building Each Other Up in Love and Learning

Building each other up in love... #BecauseofStephenWeCan

Yesterday we had the pleasure of welcoming the Rt. Hon. Stuart Lawrence to the school to talk to our children about change and positive impact. 

Stuart is the brother of Stephen Lawrence, who on the 22nd of April 1993, was set upon in an unprovoked, racially motivated attack, whilst waiting at a bus stop.

Following his death, his family have worked tirelessly. The establishment of The Stephen Lawrence Foundation and Stuart Lawrence's visits to schools, aim to achieve the positivity that Stephen himself was denied the opportunity to create. To Stuart, his brother was a source of light and someone he unwaveringly idolised; to the rest of the world, he is the face which reminds us why it is so important to put an end to discrimination in its every form.

Stuart Lawrence's message is "to live your best life" as he encourages us to focus on the here and now. He talked to our children about inclusion. He highlighted the perils of judging people by their looks, race and beliefs. He encouraged the children to think about how it would feel to be in a minority and the different things we can do to make everyone feel included. Stuart articulated that if there's one thing to be taken from his visit, it would be to 'be kind'.

His enduring message is that kindness snowballs and one small act can go on to have a lasting and wide-spread effect. The simple act of being kind can - and will - result in all our children becoming global citizens; changing the world one step at a time.

The Lawrence family continue to campaign for implementing positive change. Through preaching tolerance and celebrating difference, Mr Lawrence encouraged us all to make even the smallest difference. We can all build each other up - whether it be treating others how you yourself wish to be treated or having a meaningful conversation about what it means to live your best life.

It is encouraging for us to see such a positive message that resonates so closely to that of our school motto: Building each other up in love and learning.