The Good Life Group at Fulham Boys School agreed they wanted to improve the wellbeing of students in the school by updating the inspirational quotes that were displayed in their school hallways. The boys agreed that these quotes were a powerful way to influence the school culture and how students feel.
The Good Life Group reviewed the messages on the walls and agreed that a greater diversity of voices could be represented on the walls. They also decided it was important to have quotes focussing not only on academic achievement, but on good wellbeing. The Good Life group got together to work towards a common goal – diversifying the quotes in the hallways and classrooms and creating colourful displays to go with them.
“We want to improve wellbeing – that was our main focus”
Fulham Cross Boys' School
The group got to work, researching inspirational leaders from a diverse range of backgrounds and beliefs. Martin Luther King Junior for the history corridor and Elton John for the music corridor were just some of the choices they made. They also looked into the effect that the colour of an environment can have on wellbeing, with warm colours like red encouraging comfort and power.
Their ideas were combined into a presentation which they gave to the school’s senior leaders in a Dragon's Den- style session. The students pitched several ideas for new replacement quotes and explained why this was so important. They wanted to inspire more students, no matter their culture or beliefs, by showcasing a diverse range of voices around the school. Their headteacher was impressed by their work and explained that, coincidently, redecorating plans were underway.
The Good Life Group saw this as an opportunity - they plan to be involved with the next steps in re-designing their school’s hallways and adding colour and relevant decorations to inspire students’ learning. They also plan to campaign for a greater diversity in the speakers that visit and give talks at the school, to ensure students feel represented.
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