Black Lives Matter in Lewisham
Lewisham Leaders stand together to condemn the unlawful murder of an innocent black man George Floyd in Minneapolis .
We stand united in our commitment to tackle and challenge racism, address inequality and call out discrimination.
Black people are 40 times more likely to be stopped and searched in the UK . Young black people are nine times more likely to be locked up in England and Wales than their white counterparts, while BAME offenders are far more likely than others to be jailed for drug offences.
As educators of a school population which is 76% Black and ethnic minority we cannot remain silent.
The murder of George Floyd must prompt careful reflection about racism in Britain today, and the extent to which it shapes our values, politics and economic life.
Our community needs and deserves to feel safe in the belief that its leaders condemn all acts of racism and violence and moreover that they believe racism is an abhorrence that we as Lewisham Leaders reject.
Lewisham Leaders have a duty to address systemic racism in our society and we uphold this in our united condemnation of the unlawful murder of an innocent black man George Floyd.
At St Joseph's, we strive to teach our children the value of love, teaching our pupils that we are all equal in the eyes of God.
'It is not enough to say we are Christians. we must live the faith, not only with our words, but with our actions."
'We cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form.'
Pope Francis - June 2020
We strive for excellence, united in our faith.
Our staff have been working on our curriculum in preparation for September. We will continue to ensure that equality and diversity is fundamental to our choices of texts, topics and history that is being taught. We will continue to work with our children to help them identify with those we are studying and help them to understand the world in which we live. The work that we do on making the right choices to enable us to live in harmony and love for one another will be key as our children begin to return to school.
I am sure that we are all praying for peace, love, health and happiness.
A message form Pinaki Ghoshal, Lewisham’s Executive Director for Children and Young People and Angela Scattergood, Director of Education.
The Mayor of Lewisham, Damien Egan has published a statement on behalf of Lewisham Council in response to the killing of George Floyd in the United States. You can read the full statement here: https://lewisham.gov.uk/articles/news/black-lives-matter-in-lewisham
We believe that our schools and settings are key to tackling racism and other forms of discrimination. We will support all Lewisham schools and settings in their commitment to standing against racism and injustice, alongside and in solidarity with the local and global Black community.