Ysgol Syr Thomas Jones, Amlwch

Religious Studies Class

After completing half the GCSE course in Religious Studies in Year 10, as well as several external examinations in other subjects, Year 10 pupils from Ysgol Syr Thomas Jones did not have much energy to start immediately on the Year 11 course. Therefore, it was agreed that they would undertake some sort of creative work relating to a particular theme in Specification B, Religion and Human Experience. The class decided to investigate the theme of Human Rights.

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A banner was created from a huge piece of material, displaying the #Hawlifyw campaign logo. The #‎HawliFyw campaign was inspired by the poignant story of Irfon Williams from Bangor, Gwynedd, who is currently being treated for bowel cancer, but was refused drugs to extend his life in Wales which could lead to lifesaving treatments. Unfortunately, Irfon is not the only individual facing this plight, and the HawliFyw campaign was established to highlight the appalling injustice that exists in the current health system in Wales. #HawliFyw is a positive campaign that calls for cross-party support to change the Welsh Government’s policy in order to achieve equality for the people of Wales by gaining access to specialist drugs and treatments for cancer, as well as other rare diseases where a clear clinical case has been proven.

The banner includes several words, concepts and relevant quotes. Pupils selected the unit’s main concepts, such as quality of life, sanctity of life, justice, equality, personal conviction, faith, community, conscience. In addition, the group chose biblical quotes such as “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” “All are equal before God.” “Faith, hope, love …” The golden rule – treat people as you want others to treat you. The words of religious leaders worldwide were researched, i.e. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”  “The time is always right to do what’s right.” (Martin Luther King); ”It always seems impossible until it is done.” (Nelson Mandela); “Be the change you want to see in the world.” (Gandhi). Also included on the banner are some relevant quotations from the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights, such as “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights…. ” ” Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including medical care and necessary social services ….”