In celebration of Black History Month, our students are learning under the theme of ‘Saluting our Sisters’. Diversity and Inclusion Champion, Ms Harries launched the theme in an assembly highlighting the crucial role that Black women have played in shaping history, inspiring change, and building communities.
Mrs Harries shone a spotlight on the life and journey of author Malorie Blackman OBE, discussing her life. Malorie is a former Children’s Laureate and has published over seventy books, most notably her ’Noughts and Crosses’ book series, available to read at the library! We listened to students: Wara, Zoya, Amaya, and Simhita, as they read out poems written by Malorie in childhood and adulthood.
We will also celebrate the Notting Hill Carnival with a mask competition – where forms across Wakefield Girls’ will be working together and displaying their creativity by constructing a beautiful and eye-catching decorative headdress or mask. We can’t wait to see all of the entries and find out the winner, announced at the end of the month.
The Black History Month organisation is running a National Poetry Competition, which we encourage our students to enter. This year’s competition focuses on inspirational black women, both famous and in our own lives. To discover more and enter the competition: https://www.blackhistorymonth.org.uk/article/section/news/celebrating-black-women-the-national-black-history-month-poetry-competition-2023/#:~:text=For%20this%20competition%2C%20we%20want,pillars%20of%20strength%20and%20inspiration.