Siella speaks up
Not many 12-year-olds get a chance to influence Government policy, but Siella Newton of Wixams Academy did just that.
She was asked to join a Commission for Race and Ethnic Disparities online session to talk about racism, prejudice and discrimination on January 29th.
Siella was selected because of her success in winning a gold award in a national writing competition inspired by the life of Anne Frank. She wrote a poem during Lockdown One in March 2019. She subsequently appeared on TV’s Newsround, when still only 11.
The Anne Franks Trust then decided she would be a good delegate to join the Commission and give a voice to young people.
Siella is now continuing her writing with a journal about her experiences, and those around her, in today’s fast changing world.