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Windrush 75-year Anniversary Celebration

On Monday 12th of June, year 10 and year 12 students attended the British Library's prestigious Lecture Hall as part of the Windrush 75-year anniversary celebrations where renowned historian and broadcaster David Olusoga took the stage to deliver an enlightening talk on Lord David Pitt, Britain's first Black Labour Lord.

The event proved to be a significant educational opportunity for our students, allowing them to delve into the rich history of the Windrush generation and its profound impact on British society. Mr. Olusoga, known for his expertise in uncovering hidden stories from the past, captivated the audience with his engaging and thought-provoking presentation.

Lord David Pitt, a prominent figure in British history, played a pioneering role in breaking down barriers and paving the way for future generations. Mr Olusoga's lecture shed light on Pitt's remarkable journey, emphasising his achievements and contributions to the nation. Our students were truly inspired by Lord Pitt's story, learning about his tireless efforts to challenge inequality and champion social justice.

David Olusoga was then joined in conversation with Darla Jane Gilroy and Cllr. Sabrina Francis – Cabinet Member for Young People and Culture. Gilroy brought an insight into the life and legacy of her mother Beryl Gilroy and her personal and academic contribution to the discussion around legacy. Beryl Gilroy was the first Black female teacher in London and then the first black headteacher in London. She was also a civil rights activist and worked for a number of NGOs in her early life.

Throughout the event, the Lecture Hall was filled with an atmosphere of curiosity and enthusiasm. Our students gained an understanding of the importance of representation and diversity in politics. It was heartening to witness their eagerness to learn and their genuine interest in understanding the legacy of Lord David Pitt and the Windrush generation.

Visiting the British Library, a symbol of knowledge and intellectual exploration added another layer of significance to this memorable occasion. Our students were surrounded by a vast collection of literary treasures, serving as a reminder of the power of education and the value of historical preservation.

We extend our deepest gratitude to David Olusoga for sharing his expertise. His lecture not only broadened our students' horizons but also ignited a spark of curiosity that will continue to inspire them on their educational journeys.

Florence W, in 10 Elizabeth said of the lecture:

The Windrush 75 Celebration lecture was one of the most inspirational and thought-provoking talks I’ve been on  I learnt so much about the rich culture and backstory of Caribbean as well as African heritage, dating back from hundreds of years ago. From a provocative, vitalising talk from David Olusoga, an award-winning author whose most famous piece was his book, ‘Black and British’, we listened to some questions from the floor which enlightened all of our thoughts and ideas on the whole movement. After the talk, some of us bought some copies of his books, and were able to meet Olusoga and have our books signed! It was an amazing experience and truly renewed my thoughts and ideas about the diverse topic of the Windrush generation.

In closing, we commend our Year 10 and Year 12 students' enthusiasm for learning and their respect for the subject matter. We look forward to more such enriching experiences in the future, as we continue to foster a spirit of lifelong learning and celebrate the diverse history and achievements of individuals who have shaped our society.

Mr Williams O’Gorman
Head of the Humanities Faculty