During the celebration of Black History Month throughout October, NLCS embraced the occasion with a range of inspiring and impactful activities.
In the Senior School, Mr Forde initiated the month with an inspiring assembly that explored his own family history and shed light on the significant contributions of the Windrush generation to the country.
The Afro-Caribbean Society curated a diverse program of events and activities to commemorate the month. Various student societies spearheaded workshops and discussions on Black History. Students had the opportunity to participate in a wide array of activities. The Film and Media Society conducted a session dedicated to exploring the work of Black independent filmmakers, the Debating Society hosted a compelling debate with the motion “This house believes Black history should not be confined to one month.” The LGBTQ+ Society led an enlightening discussion on Black queer activists. There were also interactive activities: Theatre Tech club organised a workshop focused on lighting techniques for darker skin tones, and Afro-Caribbean Society arranged a vibrant Black History Month celebration.
The Junior School have also been celebrating this very important month.
In the First School, we had the pleasure of hosting Mrs Lawson, a current NLCS parent, who delivered a captivating assembly. During this assembly, she read ‘Granny Came Here on the Empire Windrush’ by Patrice Lawrence. Afterwards, the students had the opportunity to engage with Mrs Lawson, asking her questions about the book, the Windrush generation, and Black history.
The Lower School were also treated to an assembly delivered by their own peers. As everyone entered the Lower School Hall, they were treated to a rendition of ‘Three Little Birds’ by Bob Marley before listening intently to an assembly around this year’s theme, ‘Celebrating our Sisters’.
During the assembly, students celebrated remarkable Black women, such as Afua Kyei, the Chief Financial Officer at the Bank of England and the first Black executive in the bank’s history. The event also featured an engaging Windrush quiz and a heartfelt rendition of John Agard’s ‘Windrush Child’.