An event celebrating the diversity of students has been held at Huddersfield New College

The conference aimed to celebrate pupils both at the college and in the wider Kirklees area

Cllr Martyn Bolt, Senior Leader of Schools Liaison Sonia Ross, Associate Assistant Principal Zoe Shackleton, Schools Liaison Officer Ben Burgin and Principal Angela Williams at diversity conference at Huddersfield New College

AN event celebrating the diversity of students has been held at Huddersfield New College in Salendine Nook.

The conference is a major event in the college’s yearly calendar.

It aims to bring together schools from around Kirklees to celebrate the diversity among both the college’s own students and in the wider Kirklees area.

The event, held in the New Theatre, was attended by students from Royds Hall High School, Moor End Academy and North Huddersfield Trust School.

They contributed to presentations on this year’s theme of challenging stereotypes.

Students who couldn’t attend the conference were asked to produce poetry on the theme.

These were used in a special poetry anthology which was published for the event.

The Mayor of Kirklees, Clr Martyn Bolt, delivered a speech on the stereotypes he’s encountered in the area.

He said it is important to disregard any labels we may associate with individuals and certain groups.

New College student Raghad Al-Sous told her own emotional story of how she came to live in the UK as a Syrian refugee.

Schools Liaison Officer Ben Burgin hosted the event.

He was joined on stage by Health and Social Care teachers Chris Madej and Katie Griffiths who sang and signed to You Raise Me Up.

Dance students took to the stage at various points to perform routines that they had choreographed themselves as part of their courses.

Associate assistant principal Zoe Shackleton, who helped organise the event, said: “Once again the diversity conference has been a fantastic event.

“The schools involved have put together some brilliant presentations and poetry.

“We’re delighted to be able to host such a thought-provoking event and to continue to raise awareness of a variety of issues related to equality, diversity and inclusion.

“There’s always a great response from the schools and the students get really involved in their submissions.

“We hope to keep hosting this really important conference for years to come.”

 
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