University Academy Keighley, along with over 100 other schools countrywide, took part in the One Britain One Nation (OBON) event on Friday 28th June.
Now in its fourth year, One Britain One Nation brings us together, not to focus on our differences but to celebrate the values we share: tolerance, kindness, pride, respect, and a tremendous desire to help others. Today’s Britain boasts a wonderful array of cultures, and it is our multicultural identity that makes Britain so unique.
Over 250 students and staff celebrated OBON by creating an artwork of their handprints, which displayed what being British means to us. We also looked at British Values and talked about the reasons we are proud to be British.
During the afternoon, students gathered in the sunshine in the presence of Kash Singh (CEO and Founder of OBON), Cllr Peter Corkindale (Keighley Town Mayor) and Deputy Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire (representing Her Majesty The Queen), to sing the National Anthem.
Students Hawwa and Haider spoke to our guests about their personal experiences of what being British means to them; very moving! Year 7 student Kai, designed a poster around British Values which will be on permanent display in the academy.
Head of School Jon Skurr commented, “This was a truly meaningful and emotional event which saw our school community come together to celebrate our Britishness. The students involved had really thought about what being British means and there was a palpable feeling of pride amongst everyone in our school.”