DIVERSITY Mark Schools from across Thurrock came together on Monday 17th October when young people showcased their talent in an evening of History Through Music, charting the story of the first migrants who arrived in Tilbury on the Empire Windrush in 1948, bringing with them music and culture not previously known in Britain before. The story followed the musical and cultural influences from around the world on the music we listened and danced to. Pupils from Stifford Clays Primary School told the story and performed a short play, set as the migrants disembarked at Tilbury Docks.
Pupils from the school as well as from Woodside Primary Academy performed a number of authentic calypso’s on the steel pans as well as modern classics. William Edwards’ rock band gave an excellent performance of Hound Dog and Johnny B. Goode which had us all tapping our feet and singing along. The youngsters were joined by supporting artists James Anderson and Henrietta Adewole who sang a selection of hits from the 1960s and 1970s. Dancers from William Edwards and a Hip Hop duo from Gable Hall also joined the performance. Thurrock’s Deputy Mayor Tunde Ojetola joined in the celebration which was compered by Anthony Peltier, Headteacher of Stifford Clays. All performers came together on stage for the final song, ‘Where Is The Love?’ by The Black Eyed Peas, led by Henrietta and David Johnson.
Deputy Mayor Tunde Ojetola supported the event by joining in the reading of the historical 80s era. He said, “I was delighted to be invited to this event and I commend all the children for their excellent reading and performances. They are certainly quite bold. It was an absolute joy to see children of all ages and background engage in rap, dance and prose, and long may it continue”.
Anthony Peltier the Headteacher of Stifford Clays Primary School said, this event showcased the diverse talent which exists within our community of Thurrock. “Our commitment to recognising the cultural differences and the richness of all continues to be something we in Thurrock are proud of. Being part of an event where the audience sang calypso and rock and roll was an absolute pleasure. We are looking forward to handing over the mantle to another local school in preparation for next year’s celebration”.
Co-organiser of the event; Assistant Headteacher of Stifford Clays Primary, Flora Burdett closed the show, commenting, “What better way to celebrate diversity and equality than to bring together members of our community to share their talent for the entertainment and enjoyment of others. I am so proud of all the contributors and it was a pleasure to be involved in the event”.
The Diversity Mark is an improvement framework for diversity adopted by Thurrock schools that links to the Ofsted framework and statutory requirements. One of the benefits is partner schools working together to tackle educational inequality, share best practice and celebrate diversity. Each year a Diversity Mark school will lead on a cultural diversity event across schools.