School’s students show the way with diverse display

Redcastle Family School in Thetford with their school flag, and flags from other countries.   Pictured is headteacher Andrew Sheppard with Joshua Thomas, Katie Carter, Grace Weibel, Angel Lott, Lennon Gallagher and Rodrigo Batista.
Redcastle Family School in Thetford with their school flag, and flags from other countries. Pictured is headteacher Andrew Sheppard with Joshua Thomas, Katie Carter, Grace Weibel, Angel Lott, Lennon Gallagher and Rodrigo Batista.

A school with a multi-cultural make-up is celebrating its diverse palette of pupils by flying a flag created by one of its students.

Throughout the year, flags ranging from the Union Flag to the Portuguese bandeira are flown at Redcastle Family School, in Thetford, to celebrate the national days of its pupils.

Another unique ensign has now joined the school’s ranks after students were asked to design a flag to represent the school.

Lennon Gallagher’s winning design was hoisted on Friday, and features the colours of the school’s year groups.

Andy Sheppard, head teacher, said it was important children celebrated Thetford’s diversity.

“We have got quite a representation of nationalities here and there can sometimes be a little bit of negative reaction to that.

“But actually the issues generally come from adults rather than children, who all tend to get on, no matter what their nationality is. We should celebrate that,” he said.

Flags have been flown at the school since a pole was donated by Pat Pearson, chair of governors.

As well as flag-flying, the school also celebrates a variety of national days with special assemblies and events.

US Independence Day, Thanksgiving and Hanukkah all feature on the school’s celebration calendar.