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Grade 2 students explain the significance of their rooster headbands, created in honour of Lunar New Year.
February 1, 2017
Celebrating Cultures
“Celebrating diverse cultures is what Canada is all about,” Evita Strobele, Assistant Head of the Junior School, told students at the Junior School Cultural Connection Assembly.

Girls heard that it is important to share their heritage with others, as well as learn about other cultures and traditions.

In honour of Lunar New Year, many students came dressed in traditional red Chinese dresses, and others wore the colour red to celebrate the occasion.

Giving a presentation on stage, Grade 2 students explained how their classes created both rooster headbands to signify the Year of the Rooster, as well as dragon accordions as a symbol of good luck.

Junior School girls were interested to learn that February is Black History Month. As an important example of past inequality, students heard the story of Viola Desmond, a black Canadian who was arrested in 1946 for insisting she choose her own seat at the theatre. Viola was pardoned in 2010 and we are proud that her face will appear on the Canadian $10 bill in 2018.

Prefect Emily Dart also visited the assembly to talk to students about the recent event called Synthesis, a cultural celebration featuring traditional dance performances, musical instruments and clothing.

Ms Strobele concluded the assembly by reminding students that Canada is turning 150 years old this year, and that our values of acceptance, freedom and inclusion are still very important to this day.
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