On Thursday students in Year 12 and Year 13 had their annual Reflection Day. The theme was Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, taking as a starting point a reading from St Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians: we have one body, made up of many parts; we are one body, made up of many parts.
After an engaging quiz, the students worked collaboratively in mature discussion about issues involving equality, diversity and inclusion. Being right at the top of the school, they thought about how the messages that they thought were the most important could be shared with younger students. ‘Respect’ was a commonly used word: if each individual is shown due respect then everything else falls into place. I was struck by the parallel between this and Jesus saying that the most important commandments are to love God and to love neighbour, because with these in place the other commandments take care of themselves.
As part of the day we were joined, virtually, by a representative from the Cardinal Hume Centre in Westminster, who talked to us about homelessness, and the work of the Cardinal Hume Centre in supporting the homeless and otherwise vulnerable. This provided a very good insight and fitted well with thinking about inclusion: we are all unique individuals with our own story to tell; we are all loved by God.