We have now held the third and final meeting of this project with Beaconsfield High School. On 4th July the whole of Y9 went to Becky High where we explored our community identities; where we live and our hopes for the future. The aim of this session was to discuss what our area could look like in 50 years’ time, taking inspiration from Martin Luther’s famous ‘I have a dream’ speech.
Pupils spent the day dreaming about their future but also sharing their fears for the future; asking questions like ‘Will there be an end to prejudice?’ ‘Will we ever become green and litter free?’ ‘Will the world finally understand the devastating impact of pollution?’ and ‘Will there be an end to bullying?’
After some initial awkwardness our pupils enjoyed a tour of the school in small groups which relaxed their nerves and they were happy to be placed in mixed groups. Pupils then worked in these small groups writing poems, stories, songs and creating illustrations but more importantly they spent time talking to one another and creating a connection. The levels of cooperation between the girls was impressive and the Becky High girls were excellent role models and leaders in the activities.
The highlight was when the girls presented their work and the ultimate success of this project was that many Alfriston pupils were able to stand up in front of the whole group and read out or describe what they had been doing.
This project has brought two communities together that may have not met on their own. It has been a very valuable project and the girls have very much enjoyed working with each other and we are so proud of their commitment to the project. Both schools are very much looking forward to connecting again in the next academic year.
A few quotes from the girls:
‘It has been really interesting and nice to meet new people who we wouldn’t have met otherwise. We really want to continue next year’
‘It has been helpful to meet girls from other schools – a great opportunity to be kind to other people’
‘The Linking Project has been a great idea to meet people from different cultures and communities and it has been great to connect with other students from different schools’