SHS has been proactively working for the past 5 years with ‘Get Real’, a Canadian non-profit focused on combatting 2SLGBTQ+ discrimination and promoting acceptance in schools, summer camps, and workplaces. Each year SHS has participated in the Get Real inclusivity workshops to help our boys develop a basic understanding of people living with ‘gender identities and gender expressions that do not conform to stereotypical ideas about what it means to be a girl/woman or boy/man in society’].
This partnership helps to educate our Grade 5-8 students about inclusivity, acceptance and compassion for others, as well as to help dispel stereotypes and combat prejudice. Last year, SHS was invited by “Get Real’ to appear on CBC’s The National in an effort to promote the organization and highlight the need to address these issues in the classroom and beyond.
As an organization, we at SHS believe it is important to teach our boys about empathy, social emotional learning and gender fluidity in order to promote openness and understanding of others. It is one more way we can celebrate diversity, equity and inclusion.
Here at the Sterling Hall School, we encourage proactive partnerships on social and emotional learning with programs like 'Get Real' to develop in our students’ confidence and resilience, kindness and respect, with the courage to advocate for oneself and for others.