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8. Jul, 2020

Growing up in a large West Wiltshire town as one of the few black people was always going to bring forth a well-full of memories. TBH most of them good. I only remember a handful of racist incidents from kids and they were no worse than any kind of ridicule any kid was exposed to. Liek have you got brown tights on The subtle ones are not ones you take notice of - the fact that as a bright kid one of only two in my year group, and put in all the bottom classes and you are on every sporting team is just one of them. Yet at the time I didn't I know it was as a consequence of systemic racism and so it didn't bother me. 

Ironically in 2017 I attended Colston's as Executive Headteacher for the primary schools on prizegiving day and the same thing happened. Black kids who were the majority on that day, receiving the prizes for sports and the white girls receiving the prizes for English science and maths, but the difference was this time I knew it was as a consequence of systemic racism and it bothered me. 

 

8. Jul, 2020

Making rocking chair moments are absolutely key to living a contented life. Most of us will live for a REALLY long time. I am only just beginning to realise that now at the age of 54. So don't delay the happy and give into something that leads to a smile!