Some of our new Year 7 students have recently been involved in a special awards ceremony at The Beacon Museum.
They took part in a competition whilst at their primary schools before the summer, and the exhibition of work is now on display at the museum. Awards were handed out for poetry and short story writing, as well as poster design.
Local school children celebrated Black History Month through the new exhibition. Run in collaboration with AWAZ Cumbria, the exhibition is titled Celebrating Diversity, Challenging Prejudice.
Featuring poems, stories and posters from the children of St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Kells and Hensingham Primary School, the exhibition presents a fresh outlook from our future generations on issues of prejudice around race, religion, sexuality and culture.
“This is a vivid and engaging way of positively asking questions about our society and the values which it is built upon. The responses that these children have given us display such a strong message of friendship and acceptance and we hope that this will continue in their lives to come.” Alan Irwin – Business Development Manager at The Beacon.
With it being Black History Month, there are also stories to tell in this exhibition of the historical communities of West Cumbria which have been neglected over the years. The story of Leonard Jackson resonates: Jackson was a black American migrant who in 1803 married Bella Johnston, a white Cumbrian girl. This was the only locally registered interracial marriage in the years from 1686 to the middle of the 1800s.
Alan says, “The barriers and stigma that would have been present during the time would have made this a startling event for the local community.”
Mr Smith, Headteacher from St Benedict’s comments:
“This is yet a further example of our students working beyond the school gates. I am delighted whenever our students have the opportunity to benefit from working with others and widen their horizons.”
The exhibition continues until 5th November and is free for Copeland residents with the use of the Copeland Pass.
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