School to celebrate diversity

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A new week-long festival celebrating a Leeds school’s rich and diverse culture is being organised in an effort to bring the community together.

Love Roundhay will see activities and events across Roundhay School’s two campuses, designed to engage parents, students and vulnerable families, including those who do not speak English.

Each subject across the curriculum is arranging a special week, commencing July 11.

Headteacher, Matthew Partington said: The first ever Love Roundhay will be about who we are. The school is truly representative of Leeds it in terms of its make-up and ethnicity.

“The week-long festival will be a chance for the whole school community to come together in a celebration of our past, present and future. Community groups are being involved in the organisation and we’re all excited about what can be achieved.

“We want to involve the wider community and we would like to hear from any group, organisation or parent who would like to get involved in any way.”

Year 12 pupils will be involved in running the event, with each subject area delivering something different, including a special cricket match organised by the PE department.

Learning Resource Centre assistant Nazia Ansari, also a parent at the school, said the festival linked in with their efforts to involve the community.

She said: “We don’t want parents to just come in when it’s parents’ evening.

“Like all schools, we have some vulnerable families with some who may be non-English speaking and particularly isolated. We’ve all sorts of different initiatives that engage with those families and make them part of this special school. We have had some breakthrough events and the festival will help reinforce our efforts to engage with all the school community.”