Diocesan Day & Sunday Schools
Combating racism with 'Colour and Spice'
Church of England schools in Southwark and London Dioceses have
been sent new guidelines on preventing and confronting racism, in a booklet
entitled Colour and Spice.
foreword, the Bishops of Southwark and London state: "Racism is a disease in
our society that we can and must cure."
Building on a first edition in 1994, the new Colour and Spice draws on recent
experience, legislative changes and the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry Report. It has
been prepared by the Southwark Diocesan Board of Education and the London
Diocesan Board for Schools.
John Sentamu (above), in an introductory message says: "A community of
reconciliation, love and justice, which shares in a foretaste of God's eternal
kingdom cannot be monochrome. It needs 'colour and spice' while recognising at
the same time that God 'created from one stock every nation of men to inhabit
the whole earth's surface ..'. Our church schools must be places which give us
a glimpse of what heaven will be like."
chaired the Southwark working party which produced the first edition of Colour
and Spice in 1994, when he was a parish priest at Tulse Hill.
jointly published second edition gives background material, practical advice
and ideas for combating racism, ranging from racial equality policies to
management of behaviour. It embraces religious education and worship, which it
says must respect diversity and present different traditions and ways of life
impartially and accurately, while teaching about Christianity 'in all its
richness and comprehensiveness'
pupils need encouragement to achieve their full potential, says Colour and
Spice, but minority ethnic, especially black, pupils continue to under-achieve
and some strategies are suggested to redress this. It also gives guidance on
admission policies and on appointment and appraisal of staff.
Borthwick, Director of Education for Southwark Diocese, added: "Racism has no
part in the Christian Gospel. The themes of justice and the importance of human
worth underpin the chapters of this document in a way which challenges our
complacency, our prejudices and our misconceptions."
Peckham school appeals for funds
Magdalene C of E School, Peckham, has launched a £350,000 appeal to
furnish the new school building currently under construction and retain the old
site for a playground.
school was built in 1856 with just two school rooms - one for girls, one for
boys. Extension and adaptions over 150 years led to a badly laid out building
mainly with wooden partitions between classrooms. Now a new school building is
under construction on a neighbouring site originally acquired for playground
space. The new school will have seven classrooms, a hall, library and
Alden, Vice Chair of Governors explains "At last we are getting a new school -
but an empty one! The assumption is that all existing facilities and furniture
will be transferred from the old building. However like anyone moving house we
would like to improve things and also take the opportunity to develop new ideas
to make the school a better place. This will cost around £100,000".
appeal committee of governors, staff and parents also wants to hold on to the
old school site and turn it into playground space rather than see it sold for
housing once the new school opens - that will cost a further
would like details of the appeal contact Les c/o the school, in Godman Road
London SE15 3SZ. There is also a website: www.looksouth.net/smm
Children's Society gets a line of cash
school children complete the line of silver coins at St Stephen's,
Patronal Festival in November. The coins, given by the congregation, stretched
from the font to the chancel and raised over £100 for the Children's