LGBT History Month at Wick High School

Across the UK, February has become the month to celebrate LGBT History. We embraced this at Wick High School and pupils across the year groups took part in a lesson exploring the identities that make up the LGBTQIA+ community. Pupils were then encouraged to take part in research projects exploring key figures from LGBT history including Alan Turing, Sally Ride, and Bayard Rustin.

The end of the month saw our first Purple Friday celebration. Our bake sale raised £261.72 for LGBT Youth Scotland. This organisation will use the funds to support the numerous services they have in place for LGBT young people across the country. We would like to thank all the staff and pupils who contributed baking and to everyone who bought some delicious baked goods. A big thank you to the S6 pupils who ran the stall, too.

February has also been an important month for our LGBT Charter journey. Staff participated in online learning modules based on creating a more inclusive practice across the school. This was followed by 24 members of staff taking part in a live training session ran by LGBT Youth Scotland. It was a great opportunity for staff to come together and discuss how we can continue to push Wick High School to be as inclusive as possible. Finally, we would like to thank S6 pupil Scott Sinclair who won our recent logo competition. Our LGBTQIA+ Equalities Group had been looking for a logo that incorporated both their WHS and LGBTQIA+ identities. We think Scott’s design does this perfectly.