Cultural Diversity at Holy Trinity
Vision and Ethos
At Holy Trinity we value the importance of cultural diversity and it is our vision, that by embedding cultural diversity firmly throughout the curriculum, pupils will be better informed, more compassionate and better prepared to effect positive change in the world. Pupils will be able to develop the skills to appreciate, understand and celebrate the similarities and differences in each of us. Our school community represents an increasingly broad range of racial and ethnic identities and we believe, that by the time pupils leave our school, they are equipped with the perspectives and skills necessary to thrive in a multicultural and increasingly connected world.
We are proud to be a diverse community at Holy Trinity CEP school. We have many different home languages spoken by our pupils with heritages that stretches around the world and across the UK. We celebrate the rich cultural differences this brings to our school and we share and celebrate these differences whenever we can.
There is a requirement on us as a school to, “prepare learners for life in modern Britain by equipping them to be responsible, respectful, active citizens who contribute positively to society; developing their understanding of fundamental British values; developing their understanding and appreciation of diversity; celebrating what we have in common and promoting respect for the different protected characteristics as defined in law.” (Ofsted 2019)
What is Cultural Diversity?
Culture is a lot more than a list of holidays or food preferences or the language we speak. Culture is what shapes us; it shapes our identity and influences our behaviour.
Culture is the framework around which we build our identity. It influences how we engage with the world, the perspectives we take and the expectations we have.
Culture is our “way of being,” more specifically, it refers to the shared language, beliefs, values, norms, behaviours, and material objects that are passed down from one generation to the next.
Every one of us has a culture and most of us have identities built from multiple cultures.
Why is it important?
Cultural diversity is important because our country, workplaces, and schools increasingly consist of various cultural, racial, and ethnic groups. We can learn from one another, but first, we must have a level of understanding about each other. Learning about other cultures helps us understand different perspectives within the world in which we live. It helps dispel negative stereotypes and personal biases about different groups.
In addition, cultural diversity helps us recognise and respect “ways of being” that are not necessarily our own. So that, as we interact with others, we can build bridges to trust, respect, and understanding across cultures. Furthermore, this diversity makes our country a more interesting place to live in. As people from diverse cultures contribute language skills, new ways of thinking, new knowledge and different experiences.
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