Maybe you have seen all of the disgraceful comments being made about some of our England players? Some of our Black England players? Comments made by supposed England football fans? I hope you haven’t and I hope our children haven’t. Here’s what Marcus Rashford has to say about it, once again showing his worth as an amazing role model to our children (right)
At Walter Halls Primary, we teach Respect, Kindness and Empathy, Collaboration and Perseverance as just some of our Core Values. Racism of any kind is unacceptable and, as a community, we have a duty to stand-up against it and make sure our children do not follow in the footsteps of such disgraceful attitudes.
Depending on how old your children are, try to talk to them about all the following important facts. There is an activity they can do at home and bring back to me to win a prize and be recognised for spreading good words and good attitudes around our school… Here’s what we should be talking about when it comes to our England players…
Raheem Sterling, whose big sister would go with him to training and back every day, three buses each way, and never once complained. Raheem Sterling, who called the day he bought his mum a house ‘the best day of my life.’
Jordan Henderson, who spent most of the first lockdown last year organising the other 19 Premiership captains to help raise money for the NHS.
Marcus Rashford, who secured free school meals for vulnerable kids during school holidays after the government had refused to extend the programme. Marcus Rashford, who lives by the words of his mother Melanie: ‘take pride in knowing that your struggle will play the biggest role in your purpose.’
Mason Mount, who gave the shirt he’d worn in the semi-final victory over Denmark to a 10-year-old girl called Belle in the crowd, and in doing so made her smile!
|Tyrone Mings, who spent part of his childhood in a homeless shelter, who played non-league football while working as a barman and mortgage advisor, and who tells kids at the coaching camps he runs that the game is nothing unless they enjoy it.|
Luke Shaw, who when playing for Southampton watched Liverpool players file unseeingly past two small boys waiting for their autographs, and who went over and said ‘I know I don’t play for your team, but will I do?’ and posed for a photo with them which they will never forget.
|Declan Rice, who would play cage football in New Malden every day after school and all day on Saturdays, not because he was the best but because he wasn’t.|
Bukayo Saka, who got As and A*s in his GCSEs because his parents insisted that he work as hard inside the classroom as he did on the pitch. Bukayo Saka, whose Christian name in Yoruba means ‘adds to happiness.’
Kieran Trippier, who still speaks regularly to his old teachers at Woodhey High School in Bury because they looked out for him and his brothers. Kieran Trippier, who every day has cause to reflect on the truth of the inscription by the school gates: ‘where dreams may grow.’
Kalvin Phillips, whose mum worked two jobs while his dad was in and out of prison. One of those jobs was at Harpo’s Pizzas, where you can now order the Kalvin’s Special.
Gareth Southgate, who until recently was most famous for missing a penalty he had the guts to volunteer for even though he’d never taken one before, and who knows what perseverance and collaboration is all about.
To all of our children at Walter Halls. Do you want to:
ALL ENTRIES TO MRS BEARDAH BY FRIDAY 23rd JULY
A COPY OF MARCUS RASHFORD’S BOOK FOR THE BEST KS2 ENTRY
OR A COPY OF ‘ALL ARE WELCOME’ BOOK ON DIVERSITY FOR THE BEST KS1 ENTRY
GOOD LUCK, CHILDREN OF WALTER HALLS!
MAKE US PROUD! 😊