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Black History & Excellence

Black Excellence & History Month Wrap-up

As our celebration of Black Excellence & History comes to a close this week, we recognize that our boys have gained much from this month of learning. They have gained new perspectives and knowledge of the diverse culture, rich heritage and impactful contributions made by the Black community.  Sterling Hall is honoured to recognize the achievements of Black Canadians who, throughout history, have done so much to make Canada the culturally diverse, compassionate and prosperous nation it is today. 

Over the course of the month, each classroom studied important Black musicians, scientists, athletes, activist and leaders. Through books, videos, and research, they were able to discuss and reflect upon their newly acquired knowledge. Our boys also had the opportunity to complete meaningful projects and then share their learnings with each other. This is a very significant part of the learning process that enables them to develop higher-level thinking skills and to find authenticity and realness in the subject area.

Student Learning
A perfect example of this is a project completed by the Grade 6 boys. It began with a research assignment to complete a biography on a significant person in the Black community, and it culminated in a storybook for their Grade 2 buddies! After the research phase of the project was completed, Mr. Carota visited the Grade 6 classrooms to teach them how to create a storybook using a storyboard creator with custom illustrations. The idea was to create a story for a particular audience, their Grade 2 Buddies, that they then presented to via Zoom. 

This creative project allowed both the Grade 6s and Grade 2s an opportunity to connect with each other and learn more about the important contributions made by the Black community. It also allowed our older boys to recognize the value of having a voice and the responsibility that comes with that. 

We are so proud of what has happened in the Grade 6 classrooms and in all the classrooms at SHS this past month. We are excited to share that the boys are now in the process of setting up a Black History Month digital library where they can share their incredible storybooks with the rest of the school. What a collaborative and meaningful way to celebrate Black Excellence & History Month. 

To learn more about this project and others, please enjoy this week’s Friday Assembly at the link below.