Black History Month
We have been marking Black History Month across the School, particularly in assemblies this week.
Mr Holmes led an assembly on Tuesday and Wednesday about why we mark Black History Month and spoke to the children about a number of important people in history including Jesse Owens, Rosa Parks and Nichelle Nichols who played Nyota Uhura in Star Trek. All of the children were challenged to find out about a figure in history that they have not yet heard of.
Mr Robinson led our Pre-prep assemblies this week and spoke to the children about Rosa Parks’ story.
Mrs Saunders spoke to the Year 7 & 8s about trailblazing composers including Chevalier de Saint-Georges (the first known classical composer of African heritage), Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and George Walker, and played some of their beautiful music.
In PSHCEE the children have been focusing on identity, equality and the American civil rights movement. In Art, the children have been studying American artist Romare Bearden through their topic of collage.
Year 7 have been looking at the work of 20th Century African American artist, Romare Bearden. He is famous for his collages which he began to create in the 1960s as a response to the Civil Rights Movement. His work explores his personal experience of growing up in the south and life of African Americans in general at this time.
In English the Year 7 & 8 children have also been analysing Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous speech during the March on Washington for jobs and freedom. One class got the opportunity to speak to two teachers from The Cottage School in Atlanta, who spoke about their experiences of segregation when they were younger and how Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech resonated with them.