The school is aware of the extremely offensive and unacceptable graffiti that was put on one of the external walls of a school building, which was accessible to the public, following the horrific murders on Friday in Christchurch, New Zealand. Our site team have worked with the Council and the graffiti has now been removed. We have also worked closely with the Police to find the perpetrators of this upsetting crime and are able to report that the police have referred two 14 year old suspects to the Youth Justice Service. Mr Moreton, Head of School, said, “There is absolutely no place for this kind of hate crime anywhere in the world, let alone in or near our school community. We are a school that celebrates diversity and all that it brings to make our community so vibrant and it is truly heart-breaking to witness such offensive and unacceptable graffiti. We have offered staff and students the opportunity to reflect on the incidents in Christchurch and to send thoughts and prayers to the community in Christchurch, the murdered victims, their families and friends.”
We are delighted that a large group of our Year 11 students have already begun to work on organising a mural celebrating Cheney’s fantastic diversity to go up where the graffiti appeared. They have written a very thoughtful letter outlining their plans which you can read here:
https://www.cheney.oxon.sch.uk/uncategorized/a-message-from-year-11/ We are incredibly proud of our students for such a mature response and for a response which celebrates our inclusive and welcoming community. Our teachers and staff have already started to offer their ideas and support for the mural project, including using our creative writing poetry workshops allowing students to contribute powerful words as well as powerful images. More information about this project will be shared very soon: please watch this space as we will be very keen to involve volunteers from all parts of our school and local community.
If your son/daughter feels like they need support or someone to talk to, please let them know they can speak to their year team. We are also using our Tutor time and our Assemblies to make sure that everyone in our school community can come together to understand what’s happened and what’s being done.