Liverpool school flies flag for diversity

By Hannah Fowler

 ‘Where are we from?’ That was the question posed to pupils at the Academy of St Francis of Assisi (ASFA) in Liverpool – and the answer now takes pride of place on a map in the school corridor.  

The giant world map shows 62 flags, documenting the diverse backgrounds of pupils at the Kensington school.

Individually painted by pupils, the flags represent places of birth from Bulgaria to Botswana to Bangladesh. Other European countries featured are Finland, Germany, Italy and Greece, while the African countries of Congo, Ghana and Cameroon are also pinpointed on the map, along with Japan, China and Indonesia in Asia.

The project was started by Year 8 pupils who, with the help of staff, studied school data, conducted their own surveys and interviewed other children to discover the population of the entire school.

The inclusive academy is currently working towards the Gold Quality Mark in maths and staff thought it would be a good idea to put statistics, percentages and data into a real-life situation. The project also brings together themes such as cultural awareness, racial acceptance and inclusivity.

The world map serves to underline the unique, diverse and vibrant community found at a school where over 40 languages are spoken, and which counts respect, peace and reconciliation among its core values.

Head teacher Tracey Greenough said: ‘This has been a fantastic project, bringing together different areas of the curriculum and resulting in many talking points for both students and staff.

‘Our community spirit is strong, we learn from and value each other. This project has highlighted this further and has been a great way to start the new term and reflect on our unique school community.’