Black History Month is in full swing here at Oxford High School. Our Head of History, Mr South, has been working hard to deliver an interesting and informative programme of events for our students throughout the school.
Following the address from Lady Amos, in which she emphasises the importance of discussion and reflection, our focus has been on both educating the girls and encouraging them to have open and honest conversations with one another.
To kick things off, several of our year groups spent time learning about the Windrush Generation in their PSHCE lessons, which involved watching a virtual presentation before engaging in tutor-led discussion. Many questions were considered, including –
Why isn’t the story of the Windrush migrants better known?
What can we do to avoid another Windrush Scandal in the future?
Our girls, ever opinionated, were highly engaged in the discussions and shared some insightful and thought-provoking comments.
Since then, the girls have had the opportunity to learn about other important episodes in black history, such as the Bristol Bus Boycott of 1963, which was featured in a recent (virtual) assembly.
Furthermore, our BHM programme includes several film screenings, the first of which took place last night. The film in question, Hidden Figures, is all about the contribution of African-American women to the US Space Programme.
Here’s to the rest of the month!