St Dunstan’s College was delighted to hold its first ever LGBT+ Week for senior students.
During the school week, there were a variety of activities organised to mark the occasion. This included student-led assemblies, visiting speakers from LGBT charity Just Like Us and a rainbow inspired non uniform day which raised money for the charity.
The week, which took place 29 April – 3 May, had been organised after requests from the student body who felt it was important to hold such an event within the College.
Speaking about the week, Mrs Jade McLellan, Head of Sixth Form at St Dunstan’s explained: ‘This was a real student voice initiative: students felt passionately that this was a key event missing from the school calendar and so they put together a proposal for how they would like the week to run and presented it to the Senior Leadership Team.
She added: ‘We wanted to make sure that everyone in the College is aware that our ethos in the school is one of acceptance, tolerance and support of everyone's individuality. We want students to feel that this is a safe space for those in the LGBT+ community.’
One of Mrs McLellan’s highlights was ‘an exceptional student-led sixth form assembly’ on supporting those in the LGBT community, which she described as ‘heartfelt and sensitive’.
Speaking about the week, Y12 student Beth, added: ‘It is important to have an LGBT+ week at St Dunstan’s as it is important to celebrate the LGBT+ community as well as raising awareness of surrounding issues.
‘One of the most memorable moments of the week for me was hearing the talk by two young people from the Just Like Us charity who shared their stories of coming out.’
Mrs McLellan is hopeful that the event will become a regular feature in the school calendar. ‘I absolutely hope it happens again next year and I am looking forward to hearing the students come up with further exciting ideas to mark the week’.