What does it say in the Bible about inequality?
"My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favouritism. Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old clothes also comes in. If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,” have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?" - James 2:1 - 4
SignHealth work to improve the health and wellbeing of people who are Deaf. They provide some services directly in British Sign Language (BSL) and they work in partnership with the NHS.
The charity also provide therapy for Deaf people with depression, anxiety or similar disorders. Their sessions are carried out entirely in sign language, with a therapist who is fluent in sign. It means there is no interpreter in the room, which would slow down communication and reduce the intimacy that is important to this treatment.
In February, we took part in their annual fundraiser Sign2Sing. We learnt ‘Greatest Day’ by Take That in British Sign Language with the help of Miss O’Rourke and Fletch (a famous deaf popstar) via her online tutorial. You can imagine their excitement when Fletch actually visited St Bartholomew’s in person and they were able to perform for her. Through this event, we raised £153.47 for the SignHealth charity.
If you would like to find out more about their work, please visit their website: https://www.signhealth.org.uk/.
Learning about inequality through literature
At St Bartholomew’s we strive to be a reading school. One of the main reasons for this is because we know that good literature can pave the way for important lessons to be understood at an appropriate level and in a clear way. Texts such as ‘Kick’ by Mitch Johnson and ‘Once’ by Morris Gleitzman have let us explore how people are treated unfairly and helped us passionately belief this should stop.
5 Beech went on to look at how discrimination can strip a child not only of their childhood but also of their rights.
Saying NO to racism
Our school motto is, ‘All God's children learning and achieving together in faith with compassion’. This means that at the very heart of all we do is an understanding that we are all equal and we therefore work together to ensure we do not discriminate but instead support eachother to achieve the very best we can.
4/5 Willow wanted to show how strongly they felt about this and entered the 'Premier League Primary Stars' poetry competition. This year, the competition wanted pupils to write poems based on the theme of diversity, using inspiration from the poem written specially for Premier League Writing Stars, ‘Beautifully different, Wonderfully the same’ by Joseph Coelho. The poem and subject encouraged 4/5 Willow to think of their own poetry and they were congratulated on their entries with some free poetry courtesy of the campaign too.