STAGS Pride+ And Tea Club Launch
On Monday 25th September students from all years were invited to a PRIDE+ and tea club launch Par- Tea at lunchtime. TEA is an acronym that stands for (Togetherness, Equality and Acceptance) and this special club is specifically aimed at years 7 -10. Their party celebrations included illustrating what equality means to them, making rainbow bracelets to music, and enjoying the refreshments provided. The Pride+ club is aimed at years 10-13 (previously known as ‘Stonewall’) enjoyed an inspiring talk from Youth Pride network co ordinator Jo Thompson who encourages students to understand LGBTQ issues and Celebrate diversity. Both clubs meet every Monday lunchtime in the REP corridor, they are open to anyone in the STAGS community and new members will be warmly welcomed, no matter your ethnicity, religion, sexuality or gender identity.
Year 13 student l T. Jack gives their account of the current progress of the pride club:
Pride+ is an inclusive club which focuses largely on the LGBTQ+ community within STAGS and the wider world. It works closely with TEA club to raise funds and awareness to combat a variety of issues we feel strongly about, whilst also allowing us to discuss our own identities in a safe and supportive environment.
Last year, we had great success in selling rainbow laces to support equality in sports and we gave assemblies to the lower school in order to explain more about what language is appropriate to use for the LGBTQ+ community, among other events around the school.
On Monday we enjoyed the talk given by Jo Thompson and they gave us great ideas on how we could improve inclusiveness and equality within the school. They also had some fantastic suggestions about ways to combat discrimination we might be confronted with in day to day life situations.
We would like to give sincere thanks to Jo Thompson co -ordinator for the Youth Pride Network for visiting STAGS and offering such good advice. We also thank Head of REP Miss Brock and Miss Lambert Year 10 DOL for arranging the launch Par-Tea and running the clubs. Their hard work behind the scenes ensured that the joint launch party was highly informative, successful and fun. Both clubs look forward to working together regularly in the future to organise a number of events to help raise awareness levels within STAGS community.