LGBT+ Rainbow Grand Opening

Lymm High School students have built a giant paper chain rainbow to raise awareness of LGBT issues.

Year 13 students in the school have a clear passion for raising awareness of LGBT issues and through our school leadership team, they met with Rachel Williams from the Proud Trust to discuss potential projects. The rainbow paper chain idea was eventually selected as it seemed most fitting to allow whole school participation and appropriate awareness of LGBT issues.

During week commencing the 8th May 2017, students throughout the school received a workshop delivered by sixth form students and a Hall assembly, all of which focussed on raising awareness of LGBT issues and remembered Gilbert Baker the founder of the LGBT flag. Students thoroughly enjoyed the sessions, which were informative and promoted inclusivity within our school community. We chose Wednesday 17th May IDAHOBIT (International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia) to officially open our rainbow, and we are incredibly proud of the results!

We hope that the rainbow will give us all a chance to stop and consider the work that we all need to do for everyone’s identities and lives to be valued and celebrated.

Gwyn Williams Headteacher ‘I am really proud of the students who have organised this important initiative and it typifies the notion of social responsibility that we are so keen to promote.

‘In addition to the other activities, all staff are being encouraged to ‘wear something pink’ today as a further means of demonstrating our respect and support for all members of our school community.’

Hayley Jennings Head of Sixth Form ‘It has been a real privilege to work with students who are so passionate about raising important issues, and bringing together the entire school community in the creation of this rainbow has felt particularly powerful. We continue to promote inclusivity within our school community and seeing staff and students embrace this project and everything it stands for is further testament to the wonderful students of Lymm High School.’

Lymm High has been selected to participate in Rainbow Flag training:  we are pleased and proud to be one of the schools nationally to be selected and are very much looking forward to taking part in the training next year and working towards gaining this prestigious award.