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WATCH: Delamere Academy pupils tackle prejudice to land David Walliams flying visit

School hosts a Boy in a Dress football tournament for 'Walliams Whirlwind' challenge 

Pupils at Delamere C of E Academy donned their best frocks to take part in a Boy in a Dress Football Tournament to win the chance to have children’s author David Walliams visit the school in his helicopter for World Book Day.

Boys, girls and a few brave adults - including headteacher Steve Docking - took to the pitch in all their finery for the Walliams Whirlwind contest last Thursday to help support their bid to be the lucky school that will receive a visit from the wacky author.

The event was also an opportunity for the school to address the themes of homophobia, prejudice and bullying.

Mr Docking said: “Our school is built on the core values of respect, love care and peace. Whilst all schools will face issues in relation to bullying, homophobia or stereotyping of behaviours, it is our job as educators to work with children and their parents to deal with issues when they happen and also break down barriers to avoid them taking place.

“We have a fantastic behaviour management system in school that really does encourage children to embrace and support each other and deal with potential conflict before it happens.

“Putting on dresses to play football was a delight and hopefully Mr Walliams will see the fantastically positive way the children embraced the event. More importantly, experiences like these remind us all to celebrate the diverse society we live in.”

After a tough contest it was the Orange team that was awarded the very special trophy.

Pictures and video of the event have now been sent alongside Delamere pupils’ written entries for the World of David Walliams competition.


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