Black Britons Making History At EGA!

Over the course of the month of  October we proudly celebrated black history month. It began with an assembly delivered by Mr Morrissey to every year group across the course of the week about what black history month means to people. Looking out at the students you could see that this meant a great deal to them and was extremely successful in launching and building awareness amongst the student body.During Science lessons for key stage 3, students were taught about the differing proteins found in foods from the Caribbean and they conducted related experiments . This has led to the Science team considering how to incorporate more of these types of opportunities into lessons  as the excitement and engagement in learning that was witnessed was clear. In Geography  students created flags and masks to celebrate their culture and identity. During art lessons there has been a focus on producing portraits of people of colour and exploring the use of pastels to produce differing skin tones. Students have been encouraged to work on power point presentations and research information about influential black Britons that will be shared during assemblies and form time. The enthusiasm shown by the students has been brilliant and a reminder that there are many ways in which to help our students access learning and build skills. The creation of the ‘Black Britons Making History’ display outside the office of the principal’s office has been a real success with many students stopping to look at the names and feeling duly inspired when doing so.

It has been wonderful to speak with students and share experiences and thoughts. The highlight being the visit of Linton Kwesi Johnson. The second living poet and the only black poet to be published in the Penguin modern classics series . He is a true giant of modern poetry in this country. He spoke to some of our year 13 , year 11 and year 10 students. His words were hard hitting and honest speaking to the hearts and minds of our young people. The message that stood out was that black history month isn’t about one month and it isn’t just black history. We are celebrating a forgotten history of British culture. This type of experience is one that should help us all think about our own experiences and those of our students. He made a huge impression on staff and students alike. On the last day of the first half of the Autumn Term all staff wore a shirt to celebrate and show solidarity in the idea that we need to recognise the part played in our country by black Britons. A small gesture but a powerful one. This is all part of the journey towards creating  cleverer and kinder children.

Linton Kwesi Johnson