Laurance Haines Celebrate World Hijab Day

World Hijab Day was celebrated at Laurance Haines School on Tuesday 1st February. It provided an incredible opportunity to support children, staff and parents to connect with the school’s statement, “You see me. You hear me. I belong.”

This international initiative was celebrated in over 140 different countries and gives women around the world an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the millions of Muslim women who choose to wear the hijab and live a life of modesty.

Women from across the Laurance Haines team wore headscarves across the day in support of the event. Children were treated to an assembly lead by staff and children to learn about the importance of the hijab and to learn that it is the choice of millions of women around the world to wear one and to live a life of modesty. It provided a wonderful opportunity for staff to connect with children and families and discuss what the hijab meant to them.

The day provided opportunities for children, parents and staff to share some of their personal reflections and experiences about the some of the challenges to wearing their hijab, some of the barriers to feeling a sense of belonging in parts of the community when wearing a hijab but also the joy in seeing staff with different heritage and from different religions joining members of the community in solidarity.

Sana Chaudry, Year 1 Teacher and ex-pupil of Laurance Haines said, “I never thought I would have the confidence to wear a hijab in public. As a young Muslim woman, I felt so safe with a strong sense of belonging.”

Jo Ball, Assistant Head, said, “It was an incredibly inspiring day which brought an entire community together in the most beautiful way. Connecting with our Hijab wearing women and girls, empowering their choices and understanding more, was truly special.”

Seb Gray, Headteacher, said, “We are feeling proud to support this important initiative to break down stereotypes and mis-information. More importantly, our children, parents and staff have shared in their sense of belonging to the school community.”