February was Black History Month in Canada, a time set aside to acknowledge and honour the legacy of Black Canadians, past and present.
During Black History Month, St. Luke students join Canadians across the country in celebrating the many achievements and contributions of Black Canadians who, throughout history, have done so much to make Canada the culturally diverse, compassionate and prosperous nation it is today.
To mark Black History Month at St. Luke school, a number of activities have been planned by the staff:
The vestibule has been set up for Black History Month celebrating diversity with photos and quotes of Black Canadians. Daily announcements are made celebrating many different Black Canadians and their contributions.
FDK students have focused on prominent figures of black history such as Mae Jemison, Harriet Tubman, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Rosa Parks.
Primary Students have been learning about Black Canadians who have made significant contributions to our country. They have talked about why we celebrate Black History month and about the first Black people that came to Canada. The students have learned about slavery and the people who helped put an end to this terrible time in our history. Many important Black people have also been spotlighted and discussed, such as Harriet Tubman, Lincoln Alexander, Viola Desmond, Willie O'Ree and Martin Luther King Jr. The children have engaged in many meaningful conversations regarding freedom and equality and will continue to do so during the entirety of Black History Month.
Junior Students have researched and written summaries about people that are a part of the history of black communities.
Intermediate Students have put together posters as a class to represents public figures of the black community. They are also working on researching famous black Canadian inventors and completing a research assignment.
Please see the photos of the many ways St. Luke's is honoring the Black Canadian community this month.
For the paintings: Students explored different skin tones through the use of multicultural paint, showcasing the diversity in our class. They created an array of abstract art using various painting techniques.