Hucknall Flying High pupils mark Stephen Lawrence Day with friendship and courage

Children at Hucknall Flying High Academy have been exploring friendship and courage following an assembly to mark Stephen Lawrence Day.

Thursday, 6th May 2021, 2:44 pm

Each year on April 22, the National Stephen Lawrence Day marks the anniversary of his tragic death in an unprovoked attack, and which has since led to fundamental changes to the law and police practice and changes in attitudes to racism and discrimination both culturally and in equalities legislation.

Year four teacher Debbie Newton said the children held an assembly to mark the day, followed by work looking at the courage of Stephen’s family following his death, and the resilience of Baroness Lawrence, Stephen’s mother, in the pursuit of justice.

Debbie said: “Following our assembly children completed activities focused on what friendship means and what friends should do to support one another.

Head teacher Karl Clowery with children and their designs concerning courage and friendship inspired by Stephen Lawrence Day. Photo: Lou Brimble

"We had already held an assembly which explored how Baroness Lawrence was courageous, and we looked at ways that they could be courageous too.

"This led into discussions and work on friends being supportive of each other and doing the right thing.

“The children were really engaged with Stephen’s story and felt that something like that should never happen again and were immersed in creating their posters to show how friends could help to prevent this.”

One of the activities the children took part in was designing posters to promote friendship and courage.

Year four pupil Rose Hancocks with her poster design. Photo: Lou Brimble

Year four pupil Rose Hancocks said that the design she chose for her poster contained messages she felt were important.

She said: “I have enjoyed designing my picture and put in messages saying that we should all be kind and help one another.”