Students from Ashfield School enjoyed a day learning about different ways of life and cultures at the school’s Diversity Day last week.
The event is held to help broaden the young people’s minds and help them understand more about a community that it becoming increasingly diverse.
Activities on the day included art workshops, music sessions and talks about different religions.
Two of the artists who ran workshops for students came from very high profile backgrounds - Vijay Mehay performed at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony and the Eurovision Song Contest, while Pritam Singh has performed music for both Hollywood and Bollywood films.
Their sessions included a Bhangra workshop - a traditional form of dance originating from the Punjab region of India and Pakistan, and also a drumming workshop.
Students also watched a moving presentation by representatives of The Carpenter’s Arms, a Christian-run 12-room residential rehabilitation centre for men challenged by drug and alcohol addiction.
The men shared their own personal stories of their descent into addiction, and the ramifications of this not only for themselves, but for their families and friends.
They also heard from Nabila Aziz, a nuclear design engineer at Rolls Royce, who delivered an eye-opening session to challenge students’ preconceptions of stereotypes, and which looked at equality in the workplace.
Teacher Nazia Mumtaz who organised the day said: “It was fantastic seeing students so respectful and very engaged in activities that may have been a little out of their comfort zones. They did the school proud!”