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Ysgol Bryn Castell pupil wins prize for anti-racist t-shirt design

29 April 2016

An anti-racism charity has presented 18 year old Ysgol Bryn Castell pupil Luke James with a prize as part of its tenth annual arts competition.

Show Racism The Red Card chose Luke as the runner-up in the year 10+ category for his colourful t-shirt design which featured a strong anti-racism message to remind people that everyone is equal.

With more than 70 schools across Wales taking part in the competition, Luke was the only shortlisted finalist from Bridgend County Borough and was commended by the judges. Other categories included poster designs, poetry, short films and comic book designs.

Luke joined the other finalists for an Oscars-style ceremony held at the Marriott Hotel in Cardiff where the results were announced and pupils met some of the charity’s high profile supporters from the world of sport.

Luke was presented with a certificate, a trophy and a goodie bag by Bridgend County Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Social Services and Equalities, Councillor Hayley Townsend, Cardiff City’s Elvis Menayese and Cardiff Councillor Caro Wild. Ysgol Bryn Castell will also be presented with a certificate for the school.

Councillor Hailey Townsend said: “It was an honour to once again be part of this prestigious event and celebrate the creative and unique ways in which young people are demonstrating their support for such an important message.

“The competition was very strong and with more than 7000 entries, Luke should be very proud that he came runner-up in his category.

“We are currently working with Show Racism the Red Card on delivering workshops for approximately 250 children from year five and year six across the county borough, and this competition provides a fun opportunity for them to think about racism within society.”

Helen Ridout, Headteacher at Ysgol Bryn Castell, said: "The school has supported Show Racism the Red Card for a number of years through our ‘Diversity in Society’ RE curriculum and as part of our ongoing pastoral support programme including participation in specific activities, entries to competitions and engagement through school assemblies. Ysgol Bryn Castell celebrates and encourages diversity within our pupils.”

Sarah Peel, 14-19 Coordinator for Ysgol Bryn Castell, added: “Luke is a fantastic artist who has a real flare for design and intricate detail. He has an impressive art folder and a range of skills. Luke is considerate and thoughtful to people from all backgrounds and walks of life and is a real asset to the post 16 provision at Ysgol Bryn Castell.”

Show Racism the Red Card is the UK’s largest anti-racism educational charity and more information about their work can be found at www.theredcard.org

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