17 Mar 2017

Pride Week 2017

This year’s Pride Week, 13-17 March 2017, hosted by Spectrum, aimed to help students understand the issues facing members of the LGBTQ+ community.

This is the second annual Pride Week organized by Spectrum which is part of the Island School Social Justice Group.

They gave presentations during assembly and Explorations lessons, regarding local and global perspectives of LGBTQ+ rights. They explained how LGBTQ+ rights are human rights, and how personal belief isn’t enough to justify the tangible negative effects on others.

The team painted the school front steps rainbow, to symbolise a ‘Stairway to Pride’. For students a number of inclusive activities were held, including a colour run, a games carnival, an inter-House art competition, a bake sale and an open mic. This year, focus was placed on younger students through Bowie and rainbow face paint, and rainbow parachute games.

Karen Ng, one of the organisers of Pride Week said: “The purpose of the week was to emphasise the importance of community, inclusivity and kindness. These are at the heart of Island School’s values.”

Mary Siu, another organised said: “We want to give support to those who cannot express themselves and encourage others to be more open minded.”