For over twenty five years schools across the country have celebrated Black history. Children learn about the role of influential figures from black history that have helped to shape events on an international and local scale.

Black history month was celebrated here at St Ignatius by offering the children different ways of sampling various aspects of different black cultures. Many of our Key Stage 1 and 2 classes took part in an African Drumming workshop and were able to keep rhythm using simple and complex drumming patterns.

Many of the children in Key Stage 2 made the short journey to Bruce Grove Castle to sample the exhibition on ‘The history of the Afro Comb.’

The Fitzwilliam Museum and Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge states

“Hair and grooming have always played an important role in the culture of Africa and the African Diaspora and the traditional African comb, known also as an African pick, rake, or ‘Afro’ has played a crucial role in the creation, maintenance, and decoration of hair-styles. Furthermore, the African comb has been used by both men and women, and continues to be relevant to both groups in the present day.”

Please browse through the pictures to view the children participating in Black History Month