As an educational community, SHS plays an essential role in eradicating bias and injustice. Our SHS boys have a bright future and they will go out into the world and shape it with their unique ideals and their individual views.
As a school, we play a crucial role in building knowledge, developing a deeper understanding of the complex issues surrounding systemic biases and injustice and modeling the ethics we wish to see in our children. This is critical to delivering the educational values and experiences that our boys deserve—and the skills and perspectives they will need to successfully navigate the complex world that they will inherit.
At Sterling Hall, we are committed to learning, growth and change as an educational organization and as a community. We know that hope and change come from informed action and we have the power to affect the future through critical inquiry.
This is a very important part of our role as educators, so to help us in our own learning and unlearning journey, we have entered into formal relationships with Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto professors Dr. Andrew Campbell and Dr. Jennifer Wemigwans. This year, these educators are leading all SHS faculty, staff and even our parent community, in ongoing professional development in the areas of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion – what we now refer to as JEDI. They are providing us with enriching materials and guiding us in our selection and use of inspiring resources for ourselves and for our boys.
As we learn more, we will set further goals towards enhanced curriculum development, ensuring we have anti-bias concepts and knowledge represented and that erased histories and perspectives are seen and understood. We believe that this depth of inquiry, reflection and understanding will enrich boys’ perspectives, reveal the complexities of human lenses and cultivate the growth mindset necessary for challenging ideas.
Orange Shirt Day - September 30
Orange Shirt Day, now designated the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation by the Canadian government, is an important day at Sterling Hall. It is a time when our teachers, our staff and our boys wear orange shirts and share meaningful discourse about Truth and Reconciliation and the devastating impact of residential schools in Canada.
In class, our boys participated in sharing circles, enjoyed activities, watched videos, produced artwork and even created a website! These boys have been collaborating on it since last year in Grade 5, and have shown incredible perseverance and creativity in bringing it to life. What an impressive was to pay tribute to the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families, and communities.