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WEEK 28 - Friday 29 April 2022

Stephen Lawrence day 22 April

As part of the tutor programme this week the Year 7 students have been reflecting on the story of Stephen Lawrence.

Stephen Lawrence was an 18 year old student who was fatally stabbed by a gang in a racially motivated attack in South East London on 22 April 1993. Stephen’s story has two clear messages.  

The first is a message of grief and sadness, arising from a tragic and terrible event: the racist murder of an innocent young black person.  

The second is a message of hope, because the tragedy of Stephen’s death offers lessons of hopes and dreams, and of justice and inspiration. It is a story rooted in the love of Stephen’s family, whose fight for justice saw two of Stephen’s murderers finally brought to justice.   

This story gives us a reason to reflect on and understand how racism and discrimination can take root and lead to horrendous hurt and tragedy. It also gives a reason to be hopeful and, above all, to inspire us to Live Our Best Life.

As we mark Stephen Lawrence Day, it is important that we learn the story of Stephen’s murder, and why it took so long for justice to be done. It is also important that we celebrate the life we have at this moment and that we all have great potential to achieve amazing things. We need to dream big and, like Stephen, work towards our goals. Sometimes this will mean that we will need to overcome barriers to get there, but we shouldn't lose hope. Keep on striving for a better future and for the things you believe in. 

We are all aware that sadly we still live with racism in society; with knife crime among young people, and with discrimination of various kinds, including racism in football etc. We still have a long way to go in dealing with racism in Britain and as a school we take any allegations of racism extremely seriously. We are constantly working towards increasing the students' awareness of racism and always act decisively to investigate and take action whenever it is reported to us.  Your support with this work is vital and you can help by discussing issues of race with your child, perhaps asking;

  • Have you ever witnessed racism? (you don’t have to have been the subject of racism yourself to have witnessed it and be offended by it)
  • What did you do?  Did you report it or otherwise ‘call it out’?

Together, decisively, we can make sure that tragedies like that which happened to Stephen Lawrence become a thing of the past.

Thank you for your continued support and please do contact us with any questions or concerns; hoyyear7@hessleacademy.com.

Take care

Miss Pinkney

Head of Year 7

Mrs Briggs

Assistant Head of Year 7