It is six weeks since the horrendous murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis. What happened in the USA caused worldwide BLACK LIVES MATTER protests. But this is not just an American problem. As an educator of children from diverse backgrounds, it is our duty to ensure that we give our students the opportunity to talk about this; and other issues around diversity and equality. No matter how hard the conversations may be, we need to hear and understand their concerns. Our job now, as educators and parents is to listen, make space for anger and grief and ensure every one of our interactions with our students, no matter their background, is built on love, humanity, patience and understanding. The murder of George Floyd must prompt careful reflection about racism in Britain today, and the way in which it shapes our values.
At Coloma we must now reflect on how we can tackle these issues, look at the curriculum, ethos and values of the school to become more inclusive and actively challenge racism however it presents itself.
Chair of Governors
Mrs Sue Collins