Hatfield youngsters’ letters to the Prime Minister published in new book

Left to right, Fifi, Grace, and Tinashe with Head Teacher, Mrs Massey.

Left to right, Fifi, Grace, and Tinashe with Head Teacher, Mrs Massey. - Credit: Archant

Pupils from a Hatfield primary school have had their letters to the Prime Minister published, following their heart-wrenching comments on hate crimes.

The Year 6 Howe Dell School pupils wrote to Theresa May through the Citizenship Foundation, a project that inspires the nation’s children to take part in society as equal members.

Pupils Grace, Fifi and Tinashe had their letters selected to be published in a book called Dear Prime Minister, which will feature advice from children.

Grace wrote that we need to “highlight through the media when race or religion hasn’t mattered or been used as an excuse to create war or hostile communities”.

Fifi focused on young people being abused on social media, and Tinashe looked at concerns around possible race and hate crimes.

He stated in his letter: “I don’t think you will like it when other countries start laughing at the UK because of its problems. I want the UK to stand out like a diamond.”

The youngster also mentions the plight of refugees and concerns worldwide. He wrote: “Donald Trump does not like Mexicans.”

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Tinashe finished off his letter by writing “hate crime is not just happening in the UK but all around the world and it needs to stop”.

The school is also celebrating after 40 pupils in Year 5 had work published through the Young Writers’ Once Upon A Dream Competition.

Headteacher Debra Massey said: “We are all incredibly proud of these achievements.

“The content of the poems demonstrates the independence and aspiration of these children and the letters to 10 Downing Street clearly show how our pupils value our inclusion of all at school, can articulate a personal view and their awareness of current affairs beyond school is high.”