Love and Tolerance Banner Project
Year 9 Students took part in a project working with our Artist in Residence Kirsten Jones. The brief was to create an artwork which would be entered into a competition as part of the Bedfordshire Youth Hate Crime Conference.
Three groups of year 9 students contributed to the piece, starting with a mind map based on the concept of Love and Hate. The resulting words were considered carefully and it was decided that Love and Tolerance would be the basis for the Lea Manor High School entry.
Students looked at artists who had explored this theme, as well as images relating to piece and different cultures and religions.
The final piece was intended to reflect the global community of Lea Manor High school and Luton itself.
Watch this space to hear how we get on!
In form time and PSHE, students in year 7 and year 8 have been thinking about what they would ask God if they had the chance to meet him.
This project is not encouraging students to believe in God, it is simply getting them to think about some ultimate (or not so ultimate, in some cases!) questions. This is something that the school has done on a yearly basis in conjunction with Luton Churches. Once students have thought of a question, they then decorate their post card with the question and some pictures so there is also an artistic/creative element involved.
Student feedback has been positive and some of the questions have been incredibly thought provoking and powerful. The postcards are currently on display in the atrium and will remain there until the end of term.
In Philosophy and Ethics students study important issues concerning our society including the role of sex, marriage, gender inequality and discrimination, war, violence and terrorism. In addition to this, on the new curriculum equal importance is placed upon the study of two faiths, Christianity and Islam, and the belief systems of these religions.
Our expectations are that students come equipped with the tools to learn and open their minds to the views of others, to be respectful but willing to challenge others on their views as well as challenge their own viewpoints, opinions and stances.
Throughout the course of study students will be developing skills including investigation, research, an ability to identify and evaluate sources and assessing the credibility of these materials.
The ultimate goal in Philosophy and Ethics is that every student achieves their potential academically whilst also becoming a considerate member of society; someone who will be confident in their beliefs but also mindful and respectful of others who differ from them and can engage with different and new ideals.