How a Day made a

Difference at GTS

Posted on: 09/12/2014

The Day of Difference had a real impact on me and I now see different religions, disabilities and cultures from a new perspective. This is because we learnt what it is like to for the people that are seen as “different”; I now know how they feel and what their experience of the world has been. I can see that these people are no different to you or me.

The Day of Difference told me that making fun of someone, or judging them by their culture: the way they act or the way they dress is not a good thing and should not happen. People are very hurt and feel sad when this happens. Judging people like this should not happen, just think, the people you may be judging might have a story; they might have a wonderful personality. I mean, I wouldn’t want to be judged, so why should I judge someone else?

I also learnt that we all must look out for each other; there are always people worse off than me and I should think about these people as one day they might need my help or I might even need theirs. So we must stick up for people no matter what. Even if I cannot act myself, I should tell someone because there is always someone who can help.

I really learnt a lot and got a lot out of having The Day of Difference. It is a really valuable experience. 

- By Sam Cork, Yr10.

Helen Whiterod:

“Such an amazing day. Once again Year 10 GTS pupils did their school proud by displaying tolerance, empathy and understanding for others. I feel privileged to lead such a team of dedicated staff and pupils through such a valuable learning experience. The questioning used by pupils was of an outstanding quality and they were truly engaged in listening to our visitor.”

Katharine Smaldon

"Excellent. A memorable learning curve for the students I worked with. Their eyes were well and truly opened up regarding the assumptions they make about people, and how they act upon those assumptions regarding race and gender.”

Simon Robilliard

“Students engaged really well with the activities. They demonstrated their ability to synthesize a great deal of information and use it as the basis for further work. Students responded to the visitors with great respect allowing their curiosity to lead their lines of questioning.”

Tanya Kevern

“Today was a successful day! I was impressed by the thought processes that Yellow land made. They quickly established a culture with careful consideration to greetings and taboos which naturally led to traditions and culture ideas. The students worked well as a team.”

“When the refugees arrived they team considered different aspects and the process was well organised. The students were able to discuss and share feelings from all prospective.”

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