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Thursday Assembly - What's in the news? - 9th July
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What’s going on this week?
Following protests campaigning for Black Lives Matter, demonstrators in Bristol pulled down a statue of a former slave trader, Edward Colston, and threw it into the harbour. It is likely that the statue will now be placed in a museum. Many other famous statues have been in question in other parts of the UK, with issues regarding what they represent and if they should be given prominent positions in towns and cities
Why do we have statues?
This Week’s Useful Vocabulary
Demonstrators – people who take part in a public protest march or gathering.
Monuments – a statue, building or structure built to remind people of an event in history or a famous person.
Offend – cause someone to feel upset, annoyed, or resentful.
Prominent – important.
Protests – the act of saying or showing publicly that you object to something.
Warrant – if something warrants an action, it makes the action seem necessary or appropriate for the circumstances.
Think and share
- Do you remember who the statue in the assembly is of? It is of Mary Seacole. A nurse in the Crimean war.
- Discuss who you think deserves a statue. Explain why you think this. Do you think other people will agree with you?
- Sometimes statues can be the cause of debate as not everyone shares the same values so what one person would like to celebrate; another person may prefer to forget. Can you think of any statues of people who you don’t think should have one?
- Do you think statues are the best way to celebrate someone’s achievements or can you think of other ways?
- Who do you think are the people most deserving of having a statue and why?
- If statues upset or offend people, do you think they should be taken down?
- Are there any statues or monuments near where you live?
- Do you know why they are there and the history behind them? If not, can you think of any other famous statues?
Statues and monuments can mean different things to different people.
We may not always agree with who deserves to have a statue to celebrate their achievements. This is because we do not always share the same values, as we are all different.
As time moves on, society changes and so it is important for us all to reflect on what we value and choose to celebrate collectively.