We have been fortunate during the last two weeks to have enjoyed a host of Chapel services with a difference. A wide range of our students, including Year 8 to Upper Sixth, have taken to the lectern to deliver rousing speeches during Black History Month.
Kenneth (Year 11, Mancroft) began proceedings with a speech about the inspirational actions of his role models Stormzy and Marcus Rashford. When it came to his turn, Cesaire (Lower Sixth, St Giles) expounded on the impact of Rugby World Cup winning captain Siya Kolisi.
Head of School Joe (Upper Sixth, Mancroft) delivered a talk about Bayard Rustin, the organiser of the March on Washington Movement in the 60s. When it came to the turn of our other Head of School, Tegan (Upper Sixth, Beauchamp) relayed the merits of the organiser and NAACP activist Ella Baker.
We also heard from Zia (Upper Sixth, Beauchamp) about the pioneer in the military Lilian Bader. One of the founders of the Notting Hill Carnival, Claudia Jones was celebrated thanks to our Deputy Head of School Diana (Upper Sixth, Crome). Our youngest speaker, Zion (Year 8, Mancroft) talked of the importance of telling the story of the Black figures who have been previously ignored.
We have learnt so much, and we must cherish diversity and remember those that have helped shape the way we live today.