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Kilwinning Academy’s Purple Friday Success Story

Looking for some inspiration for your Purple Friday celebrations? Look no further! Kilwinning Academy were last year’s top school fundraiser and raised an incredible £1,043 for LGBT Youth Scotland.

Building on the success of their Purple Friday fundraising in 2017, Kilwinning Academy did lots of activities throughout the month of February in 2018 to mark LGBT History Month, raise awareness and fundraise.

During breaks, with permission from teachers, pupils from the LGBT Ambassadors Group sold purple ribbons and Everyday Hero badges. They also prepared rainbow cupcakes which were sold to staff at a coffee morning. On Purple Friday itself, pupils were invited to take part in a dress-down day and swap the uniform for something purple by donating £1.

LGBT Ambassadors held assemblies throughout the month on issues relating to equality. Pupils were prompted to further engage with LGBT History Month through daily bulletins, and teaching staff were provided with resources and lesson plans to use in their classes.

The rainbow flag has now been a permanent fixture at the school since Purple Friday in 2017; a daily reminder that Kilwinning Academy celebrates LGBTI identities.

This year Kilwinning Academy plan on doing even more. This includes making layered rainbow sponge cakes for the staff's coffee morning, selling rainbow laces and handmade rainbow ribbons. Other plans involve encouraging PSHE and Modern Studies classes to deliver some LGBT-specific education for LGBT History Month. As a treat, pupils who attend our LGBT+ and Supporters Group will get the opportunity to watch the film Love, Simon and enjoy some popcorn.

Purple Friday is a very important event at Kilwinning Academy as it provides an opportunity to put the school’s values of “Respect and Belonging” into action. It is a reminder to pupils and staff that Kilwinning Academy is an inclusive and safe place for all.

Since Purple Friday celebrations began in 2017, there has been a decrease in LGBT-related bullying, as well as a decrease in the use of homophobic, biphobic and transphobic language. The pupils would like to express a special thanks to their Head Teacher Mr Swan for allowing them to celebrate this very important day and raise vital funds for LGBT Youth Scotland.

Fundraisers like this enable us to be an innovative and dynamic organisation; to respond to the ever-evolving needs of young people. With the help of schools like Kilwinning Academy, we can make Scotland the best place to grow up for LGBTI young people.


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