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Black History Month Assembly

Posted on: 23/10/2020

This year Black History Month was an opportunity to introduce students to the theme of Ubuntu: a South African philosophy that teaches that true success is only achieved through working together. Students had an assembly delivered virtually in the first week as an introduction to this theme, and were encouraged to think about what togetherness means to them in light of Black History Month.

Through LA time the Art Department rolled out our Arts Week. Over the course of the subsequent three weeks students had the chance to explore and discuss their experiences, throughout the pandemic, in light of the Black Lives Matter Movement looking at the art and artistic expressions that came out of it.

Students and Staff also worked on patch-work quilt-making inspired by Artist Faith Ringgold. We produced our own artistic patch to contribute to the quilt, which tied well into the BHM theme of togetherness. We had the unique experience of having our annual BHM Assembly virtually with contributions from a number of staff as to what Black History means to them. It was also a time of reflection where we remembered Mr Hassan whom we lost suddenly, a dearly loved teacher who contributed immensely to the multiculturalism of our school and was a pillar of the community.

On the last day of half-term, students came to school dressed in their traditional clothing or colours representing their countries of origin to raise money for charity. As a school we raised funds for the Jason Roberts Foundation, an organisation that supports young people in Brent through sports. Thank you to all the staff, students and external contributors.