Dear Parents & Carers
I would like to thank the student leaders of our LGBT+ group, known as HERO (Helping Educate Regarding Orientation) and all the students who take part in the meetings and contribute in other ways.
The group has had a significant impact throughout school. We have seen a sharp fall in incidents of homophobic bullying and a similar fall in the use of homophobic language justified as ‘banter’. Much of this is due to the profile of HERO around school and particularly Mitchell in Year 12 whose energy and creativity have ensured all students know about and respect the group. However, I would like to show my respect and express my gratitude to all those students who, when faced with homophobic language, are challenging it themselves. I expect staff to do the same (and they do) but I am delighted that students are now doing it. Like with most things in schools, students listen to each other far more than they do to staff. (more…)