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The three schools in the Whitgift Foundation have come together this year to give students a space to share their culture and to discuss important issues they see in their own lives, their communities, and the world more broadly – and Trinity recently hosted students from Old Palace and Whitgift for the second African Caribbean Society ‘Mixer’ event.

With help from the events and catering teams, Trinity students Mel Aigbogun, Zoe Makele and Kai Patterson organised the mixer for over 60 staff and students in the Mitre Café, with music, food, a quiz, and a roundtable discussion on representation in different forms of media.

Mel gave the following recap of the event: “The ACS Mixer was a huge success. There was a great turnout, with students from Old Palace and Whitgift coming to show support. We started by welcoming everyone with food and music, before a quiz that tested the students’ knowledge of Caribbean and African places and celebrities, and we finished with a music round highlighting black pioneers, such as Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson.

“Afterwards, we had an interesting discussion about representation in media, and the students gave insightful opinions on how to change the negative portrayal of black people in film and TV. Some suggestions included increasing the number of black people behind the camera, by giving them directing and producing roles, and catering shows and films to black people and their experiences. It was really refreshing to hear so many ideas from like-minded students who want to see black people being represented properly in media.

“We were very happy to continue this new tradition created by the students at Old Palace. We received great feedback from the students and teachers about Trinity’s hosting, and the African and Caribbean snacks provided. We look forward to an even bigger event at the end of the school year, before we pass the baton to the current Lower Sixth students.”

Huge thanks to all involved!

 

 

"We look forward to an even bigger event at the end of the school year."

Mel Aigbogun


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