Lincoln Minster School is deeply committed to tackling issues of racial inequity, inequality and prejudice within society and within our own school community.
In Black History Month, we have the opportunity to reflect anew upon our history and to recalibrate our own understanding of racism in society. We take this time to celebrate the diverse, international and multicultural family at LMS, and we seek to provide a platform to speak openly and honestly about the changes we need to see. I am grateful to our Alumni community for their generous offer to help us in our vital journey towards a better future. We acknowledge that we have not done all that we could have done to fight racism in the past, and we are sorry for any hurt that has arisen. We do not want to remain silent, nor to stand still on this matter any longer.
Lincoln Minster School rejects any form of discrimination. Through our rich and evolving curriculum, we seek to educate and inform our students so that they are empowered to recognise and tackle racial inequity wherever they encounter it. As educators, we are gifted a precious opportunity to be part of bringing about real and lasting change. Black Lives Matter everywhere, but they have not mattered enough to too many people over the centuries and 2020 has brought into sharp focus the fact that racial inequality and discrimination are still endemic. We must therefore work towards a position in which our pupils are able to recognise stereotypes and biases for what they are and act accordingly, until all lives are genuinely held to be of equal value in society, and equity of opportunity is offered to all.
In a year that has been disheartening in so many ways, I have been impressed by the positive response of all our young people to the Black Lives Matter movement. Education, understanding and brave self-reflection are vital parts of the journey if our aims are to be achieved and racism is to be overcome with integrity and in a sustainable manner. We welcome the challenge and move forward with a sense of hope.
Black History Month statement from Lincoln Minster School