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Black History Month Celebrations

Year 7 and 8 Thomas Aveling students took part in a cross-curriculum project involving the English, Food, History and Music departments to conclude the school’s month long celebration for Black History Month.

As part of the lunchtime celebrations students were invited to submit a speech on how they would change the world for the better.  Both English and History taught special lessons around Martin Luther King’s speech and the history of slavery and American Civil Rights to help the students prepare their speeches. 


On Friday 20th October, the Food department along with their Year 10 students cooked Jerk Chicken and Rice for the lunchtime celebrations.  Whilst listening to some Blues Music, kindly performed by Year 8 Music students, Assistant Head Teacher, Miss Emma Woods along with the Heads of English, Miss Emily Smith, History, Mr Earl Clendenen and Music, Mrs Jo Voice decided on the winners of the speeches.  The winners of the inspirational speeches were Joseph and Sophie from Year 8 and both received a Waterstones gift card for their efforts. 


Mrs Wybourn, English Teacher and Joint Whole School Literacy Co-Ordinator said ‘Black History Month has been a wonderful celebration to share with the students.  They have learnt about the huge inequalities and injustices that existed in the early part of the 20th Century.  With a high level of maturity they attempted to imagine what life must have been like and were able to share their thoughts around injustices that still exist in today’s society.  When looking at their speeches, the messages were simple, the students were arguing for a world where everyone is equal and treated fairly.  As a school we are very proud of each and every one of our students’ work they have produced during this project.’