An independent co-ed IB school (JK to Grade 12) in North Vancouver, Canada
February 19th 2021

BROCKTON CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY MONTH!

An important part of education is ensuring that our students are exposed to important role models, and that they see themselves represented in the subjects we teach. What is even more important is that we are all open to learning from people of diverse ages, genders, races, sexual orientations, religions, etc. - not because the month, week, or day indicates we should, but because it is how we will make our society better and more respectful of humanity. There are so many ways that we are celebrating the contributions of the Black experience right now at Brockton, some examples of what has been happening across the school are below:

 

IN THE LIBRARY

Kathy Findlay, Brockton’s library technician, has curated a varied display of Black-themed and authored resources and books that, throughout the month, staff members have been sharing. Staff have access to numerous learning resources and have attended various webinars or professional development sessions that discuss the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and specifically anti-racism. Students have had access to the robust collection, many of which have been highlighted and promoted in the foyers of the school.

 

IN ASSEMBLY
 
In a recent Junior School assembly William and Casey in Grade 4 worked together to share with their school about inspirational Black humans who have persevered, changed perspectives, stood up for what they believed in, and role modelled being courageous. We are grateful for the reminder of important Black figures who have impacted history and continue to inspire young minds!

Members of the Junior ISABC Leadership Team educated us about the importance of Black Shirt Day to recognize Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday and in support of anti-racism. They are also planning to create an animated video to explain to Junior School students the concept of racism and its impacts.
 
A recent senior school assembly virtually welcomed special guest Valerie Jerome; Olympiad, educator, political activist, and sister to Harry Jerome. As part of the focus on Black History this month, Valerie shared her family history and personal experiences of racial injustice in Canada, both historically, and today. To inspire the growth of outstanding humans, we need to continue to hear from outstanding humans. We thank Valerie for taking the time to speak to and inspire us. The presentation from Valerie Jerome was outstanding and can be viewed HERE.

 
IN THE CLASSROOMS

Throughout the School, students have been discussing and integrating learnings around Black History Month, including essential and age-developmental appropriate understanding of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Here are some highlights: 

Grade 7's have been inquiring into Black Canadian stories and Black Canadian icons and identifying ways in which our systems, both past and present, impact our perspectives and expression of ideas.

Individuals and Societies grade 10 has been discussing Canada's connection to other countries around the world, including a discussion of why African countries are as impoverished as they are (legacy of colonialism), but also starting to improve in some ways. Human rights discussions are a part of this.

Grade 11 History students will soon begin a Paris Peace Conference 1919 simulation that will include a discussion of what should happen to European colonies in Africa and the impact on the citizens who lived there .

Genocide Studies grade 12 students are learning about apartheid in South Africa with links to the North American civil rights movement.

Entrepreneurship grade 12 presentations are focussed on current Black Canadian Entrepreneurs.

Economic Theory grade 12 students have been discussing the history and causes of the racial wealth gap in North America.

Stay tuned for more in next week’s newsletter!

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