During the month of February, students and staff will participate in Black History Month events and activities, including the board’s annual Spotlight on Black Heritage events on Feb. 6 and 7 at the HJA Brown Education Centre. More than 500 students and staff will participate in a main presentation followed by interactive workshops.
On Feb. 6, students from grades 7 to 12 will hear from Jordan Viera, equity educator and founder of The HEARD. On Feb. 7, students from grades 2 to 6 will participate in a keynote presentation from Natasha Henry, President of the Ontario Black History Society and curriculum consultant for the Peel board’s We Rise Together initiative. Students, staff and public members can tune in to watch the live stream of the Spotlight events on the board’s Facebook page on Feb. 6 and 7 at 9 a.m.
“These events and activities provide students with the opportunity to strengthen their understanding of the many contributions of Black Canadians that helped shape the Canada we know today,” says Peter Joshua, director of education. “Through our Plan for Student Success and We Rise Together initiative, we are committed to continuing this important learning year-round by integrating and celebrating the experiences, culture and achievements of Black Canadians in all curriculum areas.”
Many Black History Month activities will take place across Peel schools throughout February, including:
- Cherrytree Public School in Brampton will hold a school-wide assembly on Feb. 27, including dance and musical performances, and a fashion show.
- At Tony Pontes Public School in Caledon, students will participate in an interactive performance by Fano Soro, an ambassador for West African culture on Feb. 22. On Feb. 27, all students will share their learnings through performances, including the Black National Anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”
- John Fraser Secondary School will hold two assemblies in honour of Black History Month on Feb. 25. At both assemblies, students will hear from Dr. Chris Taylor, author and lecturer at the University of Waterloo, about his work on diversity and inclusion.
- Black Heritage artwork from students will be on display in the atrium of the HJA Brown Education Centre for the month of February.
- Documentary screening of “Little Black School House” and “Cracking the Code: The System of Racial Inequity” will be held for staff only at the HJA Brown Education Centre on Feb. 21 from 4 to 6 p.m.
Follow along on Twitter throughout February, using the hashtag #PeelBlackHistory.
The Spotlight on Black Heritage events run from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the HJA Brown Education Centre, located at 5650 Hurontario St. in Mississauga. Cherrytree is located at 155 Cherrytree Dr. in Brampton. Tony Pontes is located at 12872 Kennedy Rd. in Caledon. John Fraser is located at 2665 Erin Centre Blvd. in Mississauga.
Norman Barker, principal, Cherrytree Public School, 905-454-2251
Sheryl Johnston, principal, Tony Pontes Public School, 905-452-3194
Mary Nanavati, principal, John Fraser Secondary School, 905-858-5910
Veronica Pang, communications assistant, 905-890-1010, ext. 2098, email@example.com