Making a Difference

Over the past two weeks important issues have been delivered in Chapel, as we celebrated Harvest and Black History Month. The harvest produce donated by pupils and their families was extremely well received by the charity Homeless Action in Barnet, as their certificate of appreciation demonstrates. As a school we are grateful to all the parents who supported this effort to help the homeless in our area. The Chapel Harvest Services were led by the senior members of the Eco-Society, and they challenged all pupils and staff to show a greater personal commitment to environmental sustainability by following the five R’s of responsible living: Re-use, Re-Purpose, Recycle, Refuse and Reduce. As a symbol of this, a number of reusable water bottles, made from 100% recycled plastic, were given out to pupils, before we ended by singing the rousing Harvest hymn “We plough the fields and scatter!”

In a week which has seen terrible racial abuse to players of the England football team, the pupils who led our celebration of Black History Month in Chapel reminded us that racism must be combated wherever it is found. Inspiring examples of those who have pioneered the twin causes of equality and aspiration were presented to the school, from Martin Luther King to the Grime Rapper, Stormzy. He has recently been in the news for providing scholarships for students from deprived backgrounds to attend Cambridge University. As well as singing the Spiritual song of freedom “Swing low Sweet Chariot”, our minds were inspired by a Kenyan Prayer for Truth, that has wide application to all our daily lives; “From the cowardice that dare not face new truth; from the laziness that is contented with half-truth; from the arrogance that thinks it knows all the truth; good Lord deliver us.”