Youngsters from a Croydon school have been selected as winners of the national Show Racism the Red Card competition.
Pupils from Elmwood Infant School won the ‘artwork and creative writing’ category, after entering an embroidered cushion into the annual contest.
The cushion, which was designed by a group of Year 2 children, carried the message: ‘Imagine how boring the world would be if we were all exactly the same.’
They learned of their success during a gala awards event at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge stadium, where England women's international Rachel Yankey joined Chelsea's first black player, Paul Canoville, to announce the competition winners.
It is the fourth year in a row that Elmwood pupils have been successful in one of the competition categories, but the first time that they have scooped the overall award.
The school has now been handed an iPad and a cheque for £500 as a result of their efforts to promote anti-racist messages.
Head teacher, Julie Harris, said: “The staff at Elmwood have found the ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ competition to be really useful in helping promote the anti-racist message to our pupils.
“Children find it easy to identify with the teams and players who back the scheme, and as a result we really think they get a better understanding of how racism is a problem that needs to be firmly addressed and stamped out.”
Ged Grebby, Chief Executive of Show Racism the Red Card, said: “Show Racism the Red Card receives thousands of entries into the annual schools competition, and the judges have an extremely difficult task in picking the lucky winners.
“The judges felt that this year’s overall winning entry was one of the most original pieces we have received in the ten year history of the competition. It was this originality that led to Elmwood School achieving the status of Overall Winner and winning prestigious prizes for both the pupils and the school."
Croydon Council's cabinet member for children, families and learning, Tim Pollard, said: “This is excellent news for Elmwood who have put a lot of effort into the competition over the last four years. They have shown real commitment to helping tackle racism, and they stand out as a great example to other schools around the country.”