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Hamline University Students from Minnesota USA visit Diversity Forum
On Tuesday 10th September The EAL Department hosted 22 students from America. The visiting group are currently spending 3 months at York University on a research trip finding out about migration patterns and how educational establishments in the UK welcome and support EAL and learners.
As part of the Diversity Forum’s work with the Hearts and Hopes project Nola Ellen asked us to share what we do as a school and the work of our Diversity Forum with these visitors. The Diversity Forum led an informal session where they bravely shared their own stories and experiences of arriving in the UK. Pupils talked about the things we do at Lawnswood to welcome new students and why for us at Lawnswood inclusion and acceptance are really important.
Faisel Safi was incredibly courageous in sharing about his 2 year journey from Afghanistan to Leeds and Lana Omle was inspirational in leading the session and speaking so confidently. ‘ I am going to get my GCSE’s, then stay at this school to do my A Levels, then I am going to go to university and study architecture and them I am going to go and help rebuild my country Syria.’ Flora Martin said the she joined the Diversity Forum because she wanted to ‘make sure that being different didn’t exclude anyone from joining in with school life.’
The visitors were overwhelmed and inspired by our students and how they support each other and what Lawnswood does for them. They were really taken with the pupils’ and the work of The Diversity Forum… The leader of the party said ‘I love your coffee morning. I am going to take that idea with me. In America we would never think to have parents in to school in that way.’ They loved our smart uniform, thought the pupils spoke brilliant English and loved our vibrant classroom.