Our esteemed English teacher , Ms Cox , is retiring from BBEC after 32 years of teaching here. One of the changes she has noticed in the past 2 years is that now there are certain groups of friends of just one colour; this never used to be the case.
Ms Cox asked her classes if this is a worrying change or if she is making a big fuss over nothing? Frankie, a Year 7 pupil said, " I don't think these groupings are an issue we should worry about, because we are all friends and we all get along. What you are now seeing in our playground is just one or two white kids hanging out say with a group of Asian kids.Ten years ago you would see just one or two Asian pupils with a group of white friends. Of course, sometimes, when you look around , a group of friends will be all the same colour. "
“I prefer to see friends in a mixed group; boys and girls, white and black . However, you can’t force people to make friends. Sometimes it is nice being friends with people of the same religion or with similar interests."
Frankie explained how she and some friends proved Ms Cox’s hypothesis incorrect. “ When the bell had gone and we had all sat down to eat, we were talking about our lesson and we started to talk about Ms Cox’s discussion about mixed groups in the playground. My friend, Amberine, said we should make our group mixed race, and that’s exactly what we did.”
“We found lots of our friends and we hung around all lunch in a long line, going in a pattern: black, white, black ,white. We only did it for fun but I think we also proved a point how we can hang out in mixed groups. And we'll do more of it in the future!”
Here is a picture of Frankie and Amberine's wonderful line of friends!
We also interviewed anther fellow media team member, Ammarah Taylor, to see if she agreed or disagreed with Frankie's opinions.
“Well we're all different which is a good thing so I don't know why every one's fussing because we hang out most with those we fit in with! I’m glad though that we did the mixed race thing because it proved to everyone we have friends from many backgrounds. “I think that Ms Cox was wrong and friendship are mixed ."
“One of Ms Cox’s star students , Rubia Khan, did some homework on this topic and here is what she said:
I mostly hang around with Asian people; this is because I feel comfortable around them. Being with these friends doesn’t make me feel left out because of my colour ,neither do I feel left out about where I come from.
When I am with my Asian friends, I feel as if no one can pick on me. When I was I primary school,I was the only black person in my year group which made me feel different and left out. Now that I am with a bunch of people like me, I feel proud of me and my colour.
I don't just hang around with them because of this; I also hang around with them because we have a lot in common. For example: music and clothes etc... Being around these friends makes me feel stronger and more confident. We’re all the same, equal and the best of friends. In my opinion I think of us as "The Asian Community."