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.
SHS celebrated PRIDE Month with learning opportunities, challenges, and activities. The enthusiasm of our boys and teachers was infectious and they relished the chance to showcase their PRIDE spirit! This is, and will continue to be, a wonderful time for our community to learn and embrace!
SHS has lowered its flag to half-mast in memory of the 215 Indigenous children who lost their lives and were found buried on the site of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School, Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation in B.C. Our thoughts are with the Secwépemc Nation and all members of Indigenous communities, as we mourn with them.
At SHS, we wish to realize a crucial vision of actively educating and working for justice, equity, diversity and inclusion. On April 28, our VP and our Director of Curriculum, lead a meeting for parents that outlined the process SHS has taken to meaningfully implement JEDI into our classrooms.
February 24th marked our annual Pink Shirt Day at SHS where we publicly take a stand against bullying. Our boys proudly wore their pink shirts and participated in learning activities in support of this very important cause.
SHS is excited to start a month-long journey of celebrating Black excellence. Our boys have been sharing their learnings and discussions of black history, global contributions, and heritage with each other and with our SHS community.
Thank you to Dr. Wemigwans (OISE), for the professional development session she held for our faculty and staff. Her 'Understanding Indigenous Views and Knowledge' discussion, allowed us to explore very important concepts and related pedagogies in meaningful and constructive ways.
The SHS PA hosted their first JEDI workshop for parents lead by Dr. Campbell. The session aimed at fostering a deeper understanding of Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion to build both awareness and cultural competence. Click title above for a recording of the event.
For the past 5 years, SHS has been proactively working with the non-profit organization ‘Get Real’, to educate our boys about inclusivity, acceptance and compassion for others, dispelling stereotypes and combating prejudice against those in the 2SLGBTQ+ community.
Thank you to Dr. Cambell for hosting our third JEDI workshop. Dr. ABC is helping our community to dive deeper into our growth and learning, regarding Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI). Please click below to register for any upcoming workshops!