Black History Month 2016

Black History Month this year was a vibrant celebration. The children were treated to performances, motivational speeches, African drumming workshops and catered authentic Caribbean food.  Year 7 and 8 thoroughly enjoyed watching a performance by the Museum of London called ‘London Calling’. The performance celebrated the achievements of Black African and Caribbean Londoners through time. They enjoyed learning about the plight of campaigners such as Baroness Doreen Lawrence and the achievements of athletes such as Dame Kelly Holmes. The students had African drumming workshops brought to them by the Samba Tigers. They all learned very quickly how to play the drums. Twelve brave Year 7s showcased their new skills by performing a mini show to the whole school at the beginning of lunch time. They were truly amazing. Author Alex Wheatle OBE visited to speak to our Year 9 and 10. He spoke to the students about his life and how he went from a young youth offenders institute to becoming an author and an OBE recipient. He spoke about how reading changed his life and influenced him to become an author. The student were inspired, many visited our library afterwards to pick up a novel. Lastly, we all enjoyed a catered authentic Caribbean meal of jerk chicken, dumplings and rice. Teachers and children alike expressed how much they enjoyed the meal. A student exclaimed “it’s delicious!” This year’s Black History Month celebration was a brilliant success, it was as educational as it was fun. We all look forward to what next year holds.