In May 2018 we were successful in renewing our Yellow Flag. Assessors from the Yellow Flag programme visited the school and spoke to some of the children and saw the work which had been done by classes. They were impressed with how inclusion is an everyday aspect of the school and how the children learn and are encouraged to respect each other. The report suggested that we do an updated survey on the children to gauge their attidudes and experiences of racism and bullying and we intend to do this in the 1st term of the new school year.
The Yellow Flag for schools programme is a programme designed to promote and support interculturalism in schools.
The school began our Yellow Flag journey in the school year 2012/2013. In order to become recognised as a Yellow Flag school we had to complete 8 steps. The steps are:
1. Intercultural and Anti-Racism Training for Staff and Management
2. Going Beyond the School Walls: Engaging with the Community
3. The Diversity Committee
4. Intercultural Review
5. Action Plan for Diverse School
6. Monitoring, Evaluation and Information Dissemination
7. Curriculum Work
8. Diversity Code and Anti-Racism Policy
A committee was set up comprising of staff, parents, pupils and community representatives and everyone was very committed to achieving Yellow Flag status.
The children in the school got involved in the Yellow Flag art competition and the Show Racism the Red Card lessons and competition. Two of our children were winners in the Yellow Flag art competition.
We were awarded our Yellow Flag in June 2014 and formally received the flag in a ceremony in Liberty Hall in November 2014.