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23/10/2020

Supporting Black History Month

Malo e Lelei!!

To continue the support and raise the profile of Black History Month within our Waingels community, this week a group of Year 10 and Year 11 students got together with the support of myself and Mrs Knights, to plan and run assemblies for all year groups.  With the call for more Inclusion and Diversion in society and around the UK, we are very proud to be one of the schools in our community to ‘beat the drum’, sharing awareness and celebrating Black History Month. Year 10 girls, Binwi, Lumnwi, Thayssa, Tamzyn, Bella and Danielle delivered powerful and compelling messages in the assemblies which left staff and students in tears; wanting to do more to support the Black Lives Matter movement.  Lumnwi wrote a ‘rap’ song during lockdown in the light of the George Floyd unlawful killing in America.  She performed it ‘live’ in every assembly and her talent, dedication and passion left some people of the audience overwhelmed and deeply moved. Please click here to view the powerpoint slides. 

Myself and Year 11 students, Kysha, Zara, Patience, Madeline, Rhome, Nana and Khari learnt an African dance and recorded a video of our performance which was also shown during the assemblies.  It was through these practices and rehearsals that students started having conversations about their heritage only to realise that they have similar origins.  

I cannot say enough of how proud we are as a school community of all students that were involved in the Black History Month Assembly. We are looking forward to making the ‘Month’ next year  even bigger, louder and involving more students of different ages and backgrounds.

Tu’a ‘ofa atu.

Assembly Dance Video


Year 12 have also put together this excellent Black History Month Presentation which has been shared during Key Stage 5 Tutor time.  

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