ICS London Celebrates Black History Month

News - Black History Month Celebrations
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In a colourful and spirited celebration of Black History Month, students and staff at ICS London came together for a day of learning, music, food, and empowerment. Our school, located in the heart of the city, organized a series of events to commemorate Black History Month, bringing the rich and diverse culture of the Caribbean and Africa to life.

In a colourful and spirited celebration of Black History Month, students and staff at ICS London came together for a day of learning, music, food, and empowerment. Our school, located in the heart of the city, organized a series of events to commemorate Black History Month, bringing the rich and diverse culture of the Caribbean and Africa to life.

One of the highlights of the day was the steelpan and bongo drumming workshop provided by the Steelpan Agency. Primary school students were treated to a hands-on experience, learning the rhythmic beats and melodies of the steel pan, Djembe drumming, and tamboo bamboo workshops. The students were seen embracing the music with enthusiasm.

Watch a video here of the children enjoying their workshop!

We enjoyed Caribbean food, which included mouthwatering dishes such as jollof rice, brown stew chicken, pumpkin and sweet potato curry, fried plantains, and ginger cake.

To further promote awareness and support, students and staff were encouraged to wear vibrant prints and patterns, adding a touch of colorful unity to the event. The school raised funds for the charity Generating Genius, which is dedicated to supporting educational opportunities for young people in underserved communities.

The walls of ICS London featured posters with quotes by inspirational women, both historical and contemporary, from the Black community. Students were encouraged to read these quotes and reflect on their meanings.

In a symbolic gesture, Ms. Andrea our Librarian decorated the "secret staircase" with books relating to Black history, making them easily accessible to students who wish to delve deeper into the subject.

Furthermore, the secondary students of Year 10 played a pivotal role in the day's events by delivering an Equality, Diversity, and Inclusivity presentation. Their informative and engaging talk aimed to educate their peers on the importance of these topics and how to contribute to a more inclusive society.

The celebration was a resounding success, not only in terms of raising awareness of Black History Month but also in fostering an inclusive and diverse atmosphere within the school. It served as a reminder of the importance of acknowledging and celebrating the contributions of the Black community to society at large.

As the day drew to a close, the students of ICS London left with a greater appreciation of Black history, culture, and a commitment to building a more inclusive future.

We would like to extend our gratitude to Ms. Katrina for her dedication and efforts in the organisation of these fantastic activities. Her commitment to making Black History Month at ICS London a memorable and educational experience for students and staff alike has truly made a difference. Thank you, Ms. Katrina, for your outstanding work and for helping us come together to celebrate and learn during this important month.