Statement Against Racism
A new commandment I give unto you, that you love one another; just as I have loved you, you are also to love one another.
Coloma Convent Girl’s School is a school rooted in Gospel Values, particularly that of love. Following national and global events, and at the same time being made aware of the lived experiences some of our girls (both past and present) have felt, we have actively reflected upon how we can further promote anti-racism both now and importantly for future generations who attend Coloma. Myself, our teaching staff and governors have been both humbled and saddened at some of the voices we have heard, and are united in striving to create a better and more understanding school for all students.
We are all responsible for racial justice and we are committed as a school community to ensuring that we never accept or ignore any prejudice and discrimination; as to do so is to ignore the very foundations of our Catholic faith. We have a responsibility to protect and look after each other, even when this challenges. We know that for many years society, and indeed our school along with many others, have struggled with ensuring that difference is always valued, cherished and embraced, and we must now do even more to make sure that we live by those beliefs and our faith.
As a school we are fully committed to learning from the past, and this means tackling injustice and looking at ways to reaffirm the fact that we are all made in the image and likeness of Christ. Coloma is a rich and diverse community which shines a light on the gifts and talents of all. We recognise that we may not have done enough in the past to keep that light shining strongly enough across all our girls lives, and our commitment to ourselves, to our girls, and to our communities is that we will be a school that celebrates and embraces diversity, difference and belonging as part of our curriculum and our way of life, as we move forward and strive to make the words from John’s Gospel a reality.
Chair of Governors
Mrs Elizabeth Englefield