Delta High School recognizes the importance of Black History Month

Through the efforts of staff and administration, students at Ladner High School learn about the month-long tribute and recognition in the classroom and beyond.

Black History Month is front and center at Delta Secondary.

Through the efforts of staff and administration, students at Ladner High School learn about the month-long tribute and recognition in the classroom and beyond.

This includes in the common learning area where teacher-librarian Ms. Loiselle used her impressive monthly banners to recognize prominent and influential people as well as the rich history of the black community in the province, including Hogan’s Alley in Vancouver.

Students can use their phone to scan the QR code on the banners to learn more about each individual or topic featured.

“At Delta Secondary, we do our best to raise awareness and educate about important topics such as Black History Month in a variety of ways,” explained DSS Director John Pavao. “Our Learning Commons exhibition is an example of how we are actively working towards our Vision 2030 mission statement: an innovative and inclusive community where all learners belong, and everyone soars. As a school, we value diversity and inclusion and strive to ensure that all school activities are inclusive, accessible and equitable for students. »

Pavao also noted how the staff takes the opportunity to raise awareness and educate their students through a curricular lens.

He understands:

-Mrs. Kates and DSS Anti-Racism Committee Black Excellence Day – awareness and promotion by the school anti-racism team (in conjunction with the district anti-racism committee).

-Mrs. Huff’s English Class 12 examines the Black experience in Canada through the lens of Desmond Cole’s documentary The skin I’m in and through various episodes of the CBC series Being Black in Canadagiving students a first understanding of the history of Black Canadians as well as their modern experiences and contributions to Canadian culture and society, as well as ongoing efforts for social justice.

-Guitar teacher M. Dobrovolny teaches several lessons around the history and impact of black musicians (music) – history and origins, impact on musical genres (rock and roll, blues, gospel) and how these musicians have influenced the music of today.

“Teachers and staff bring students and classes to our library to view our Black History Month exhibit and the many books and resources available for individuals to learn about the stories associated with this topic,” Pavao continued. “Our learning space is a dynamic and interactive space where classes come to supplement or enrich their learning – learn research and inquiry skills, access written and digital resources, student presentations and view monthly postings created by Mrs. Loiselle.”

Other banners she has created each year include: Remembrance Day, LGBTQ+, Truth and Reconciliation, Freedom to Read, Diverse Voices – Read Around the World, DSS Festival of Dangerous Ideas, DSS FUNctional Math Festival, DSS Criminolgy 12 Murder Mystery, DSS ComicCon and various genres.

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