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Black History Month

The theme for BHM this year was Manchester's Caribbean Carnival due to its 50th anniversary. 

In  our Black History Month assembly, children heard about the history of the carnival from the times of slavery and colonialism on the Island of Trinidad and interestingly found out  how Steel Pans were invented. Classes undertook carnival themed activities such as poems, posters and designing head dresses. Amazingly, some children also worked on these themselves at home! 

Manchester Libraries will be featuring our work online. 

In addition, Legacy FM radio will be sharing the poems on  their show! As well as carnival related poems, some Year 5 children who were working on Benjamin Zephaniah and Malala Yousafzai in English, wrote poems about them to celebrate BHM further. Currently, Year 6 children are writing their own versions of Maya Angelou's  'Caged Bird'  -  some of which will also feature on the radio. 

 

We are also fortunate to have Mr Nelson at our school who is also a poet and DJ. He wrote an amazing  Carnival poem especially for the trust! 

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Dancing, fluttering

The British come and take it

away, depression,

anger filled with rage, the

Caribbean comes and finds

 a new  way

Sadness, anger flushed away

 

Jamaica’s neighbours

come to  the parade

Laughter, chuckles through

out the way, nobody can

bother them.

Nay

 

The steel pans

Such an audacious way

you can come

and play with them

 

The 70S

Such wonderful years

Manchester’s diverse

And Caribbean parades are here

Everyone comes here and

enjoys  the beautiful Caribbean Noise.

 

By Hamza

Music and pop, crackles and sound, all

Taken from where it was found

The British came in and made one sin

Though that’s not where it starts

Years and years ago, when mercy didn’t flow

The British came and took the throne

Sadness and rage became one stage

People’s hearts were bound to blow

Music was banned

And people’s hearts couldn’t stand

For what was right for what was taken from them

The sounds of rage filled one page

The chapter’s message was not engraved

For those who were used as a slave to the fighters

Who were brave to the fighters in the grave

The music of drums was meant to say I want to play

But the steel pan is now in its space bringing melodies to all who listen to it

 

By Amarachi

Colours and flavours jump around,

Words and music make a sound,

But this is not what we are talking about

Caribbean Carnival, let’s change things around

It takes a lot of searching to know

It began in Manchester 50 years ago

But even before that in Trinidad

Where with slaves from Africa things were bad

European style carnivals for them were forbidden

But they secretly kept up their African music traditions

Even after slavery, their new style Carnivals and music were often banned

But these so called now ‘free’ slaves could not this stand

Trash can lids turned into Steel Pans

What an invention, something you would never ban!

Now Manchester Carnival is celebrating 50 years

Happy faces everywhere made from long ago tears

 

By Jayda

Trees swaying, crowds having fun

Countries celebrating with everyone.

With masks unique and outfits stunning,

People join in and the style is entrancing,

People dancing, people prancing,

Come and join the fun, the party is just starting,

As peace is built, harmony arrives,

This is the month, come and join the tribe.

By Fareed

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Trust Day of Peace

After hearing all the devastating news about Ukraine, the Trust decided to do something that would not only raise money for refugees around the world via the Red Cross, but also teach the children about the need for peace in the world. Tuesday 29th March was set as a 'Trust Day for Peace’ at Kingsway Community Trust. After launching the day with a message from the Schools of Sanctuary movement, classes across the Trust discussed  peace and then took part  in different activities. These included: artistic responses to the theme of peace,  posters, poems, biscuit sales and a 'Pennies for Peace' trail. Local artist Frank Dowd worked with one class to create a papier mache representation of peace. The sculpture showcases diversity, pride, unity, compassion, hope, activism and peace. It has already been displayed at the Manchester charity for the homeless, Coffee 4 Craig.  It is now at the Irish World Heritage Centre. Hopefully, it will inspire others with its important message as it travels! Watch the video to explore it fully!

   

Lisa Vyas, Executive Head of Kingsway Community Trust, said this about the 'Trust Day of Peace' "We are extremely proud of the work that is done across our schools which teaches the children how to be global citizens. Throughout the curriculum the children are given opportunities to learn about others in order to appreciate what life is like across the globe and across Manchester. Following recent events of war and conflict particularly in Afghanistan and Ukraine, I had spoken with the children about refugees from these countries in an assembly. We wanted to extend their understanding of peace as something to strive for and so we developed our Trust Day of Peace. The calmness around school, from class to class, was very evident." 

Our Trust Peace Day even featured in the Schools of Sanctuary National Newsletter . In addition, they also mentioned us in a second article, 'Opening Door to Education for Children in Hotels' where we were praised for offering sessions to Afghani refugees in hotels without school places. 

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International School Award

 We are delighted to announce that we have been reaccredited for the International School Award, from the British Council for all three schools! This is again  at the full 'gold' level. The judges were really  impressed with all our work, especially that it continued despite lockdown! The work included:  linking with our Spanish school,  (CEIP Blas de Otero in Madrid), threading diversity into our curriculum and ethos and carrying out projects with Manchester Library, such as the art work to mark 'Holocaust Memorial Day' and the 'Lockdown Room' Refugee awareness project. 

 

Some of their comments:

"The trust has held the full ISA for many years now and the judges had no hesitation in renewing it... Please convey our very best wishes and many congratulations to all staff and pupils both in the UK and overseas who have taken part in embedding such a rich and creative range of work.... Activities were introduced to provide valuable opportunities despite the disruption caused by the pandemic, which is creditable...  This is an outstanding achievement. " 

School of Sanctuary Award

 

In March 2020, all three schools in the trust were delighted to receive the prestigious 'School of Sanctuary Award' - the first schools in Manchester to get this! A School of Sanctuary is a school that is committed to being a safe and welcoming place for those seeking sanctuary. The School of Sanctuary Award is given by the City of Sanctuary movement to schools that have an exceptional commitment to diversity and have consistently put the sanctuary principles into practice.

  

The judges said that they were massively impressed by all the wonderful initiatives that they had seen. One judge said she wished that she was a teacher at one of our schools and another judge wished that he was a pupil there! They all felt certain that the work they had seen were excellent examples that  they could highlight to schools nationwide calling us 'sanctuary champions.'  "You clearly continue to adapt your creativity & resources to meet a variety of changing needs & criteria,"  they noted, referring to our work on bringing communities together to foster harmonious relationships. 

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The Colours of Us

As a Trust, we have been celebrating all the different skin tones in each class. After using the book, 'The Colours of Us,' as a stimulus, the children had a go at painting their skin tones mixing the colours using paints - the younger children used flesh tone watercolour pencils / crayons. Some children used similes to describe their skin tones, just like in the book. For example, "My skin colour is like sweet caramel." "The
colour of my skin is like a soft, sandy beach." "My skin colour is like sweet honey." "The colour of my skin is like yummy brownies.“ Children described their skin colour as special, beautiful and something that made them proud. Many agreed that if we were all the same, life would be very boring! We displayed our work in school and are sharing these virtually for all to see!