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Black History Month at Saint George's

Black History Month is an annual occasion to recognise and celebrate the invaluable contributions of black people to British society. It also serves as an opportunity to inspire and empower future generations.

The students and staff at Saint George’s organised a week-long series of Black history month assemblies from the 2nd to the 6th of October. The assemblies were focused on encouraging our young people to be resilient, in line with our school Christian values. The presentations were dedicated to honouring black women for their heroic contributions to literature, business, politics, health care and more. Some of the women spotlighted included Mary Seacole, Dame Jocelyn Barrow, Stella Dadzie, Chinyere Adah Nwanoku, and many more. They all rose above their circumstances and made a positive contribution to society. Their lives and stories serve as motivation for our young people to keep going when they face difficulties in life. 

We invited all students who wanted to take part to promote our school vision - All different, All equal, All flourishing. Our Saint George's community was well represented, from Year 7 to 13 and participating students were from different nationalities. The assemblies also gave our students an opportunity to practice public speaking. One participant commented, "I felt anxious at first when I went on the stage, but I was confident as I carried on doing more assemblies. I felt proud to talk about my heritage. It was a wonderful experience and I want to do it again next year.”

On the last day of term, 19th October, the students will take part in a non-uniform day to raise funds for the Medway African and Caribbean Association (MACA), an organisation that promotes an awareness of African and Caribbean culture through arts, educational and social programmes, primarily for the benefit of its members but also accessible by the wider community.