Pupils from Robert Burns Academy recently headed to Hampden Park in Glasgow as they claimed top prize in a ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ creative competition.

Back in March, the S4 pupils at the school decided to take part in the competition run by UK anti-racism education charity ‘Show Racism the Red Card’, as they created a powerful and thought-provoking piece of artwork to help tackle racism and discrimination.

Show Racism the Red Card is the UK’s leading anti-racism educational charity, that was established in January 1996.

The pupils’ 3D painting represents unity and solidarity between people of different races and was created using kitchen roll and lots of PVA glue.

In May, the six-strong received the exciting news that they had reached the finals of the Scottish ASL category and were invited to Hampden for an awards ceremony.

With over 1,400 entries from across the county, they faced tough competition from other schools from all over Scotland.

Their painting stood out amongst the others however and the hard work most certainly paid off.

Pupils Jamie, Liam, Vicki, Leah, Rhys and Lewis were announced overall winners for the ASL category.

They received a certificate and goodie bag and were given the option to choose either an art set, Fifa 22 video game, or Scotland football jersey as their prize. They also got to visit the Scotland football museum within the stadium and met some famous football faces.

Most importantly, their painting represents and helps to spread a powerful message of the importance of unity and non-discrimination.

A representative from the school spoke of their pride of the group: “Everyone within the Supported Learning Centre and Robert Burns Academy is so proud of all that they have achieved.”