Black History Month
Black History Month (BHM) runs throughout October and is a celebration of African and Caribbean culture, arts and history, recognising the achievements and contributions of Black people to British society. This year the theme is 'Writers to Poets: Saying it Beautifully'.
At Croxley Danes School we are holding a number of events to celebrate diversity, and both educate and inspire our students. The planned activities include a series of assemblies and form time activities, research-based competitions, a Caribbean cooking experience for Years 9 and 10, and a focus on literacy tasks to link with this year's theme. There are exciting display boards all around the school showcasing previous and current black global icons and key historical events.
On 16th October 2020 we held a non-uniform day to support 'Show Racism the Red Card', which is the largest UK based anti-racism charity. Students will be asked to wear red on this day and to donate £1 towards the charity.
The LRC is running a competition, coordinated by our librarian Mrs Rovira, to design a poster on the achievements of one individual celebrated in Black History Month. The entries are flooding through and winners will be chosen after the deadline of 2nd November.
In Literacy, students have studied black authors such as Benjamin Zephaniah, Angie Thomas, Malorie Blackman, Elizabeth Acevedo, Jason Reynolds, Kwame Alexander, Sharna Jackson to name a few. We are making sure we have a range of diverse authors in the new CDS library, scheduled to open by the October half term, so all students can see themselves and their cultures represented in the fiction that we stock.
You can find more information on BHM at their official website www.blackhistorymonth.org.uk