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Black History Month-October 2021https://www.lbbd.gov.uk/news/pupils-and-parents-come-together-to-celebrate-black-history-month-at-east-london-school
On Friday 15th October 2021, the year 5 children at James Cambell Primary School in Dagenham presented a Black History Month Assembly for their parents and for the Mayor of Barking and Dagenham Councillor Edna Fergus.
The assembly was about how attitudes to race in sport have changed over time.  The children told the story of how taking the knee had become a powerful symbol, and of the discrimination that black footballers and tennis players have faced, as well as their great achievements.  The children finished with a heart-warming performance of how athletes Barshim and Tamberi had shared the high jump gold medal at this year’s Olympics in a display of harmony and equality.
The Mayor and the parents loved the children’s clear narration of these powerful stories, their acting, their dancing and their renditions of Bob Marley’s ‘Redemption Song’ and of Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney’s ‘Ebony and Ivory’.
Mr Wilson said “the children of year 5 have really made us all proud and reminded us that equality is something we cannot take for granted.”
In her closing speech, the Mayor thanked the children and said how much she had enjoyed the assembly.  She said that the assembly was one of many events across Barking and Dagenham celebrating Black History Month.  “It is really important that we do this,” she explained, “so that we can learn about one another, understand the past much better, tell the stories that have been hidden and hear how together we can build a more equal and fair future.”

Our brand new climbing frame November 2021
A fantastic new climbing frame has been built in the school’s playground as part of plans to transform the children’s experience outside of the classroom, and it’s already proving to be a huge hit!