At The Bishop Strachan School, students are encouraged to initiate and lead new events and experiences.
These exciting opportunities help bring our student community together, and create positive impacts in the school and the community.
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In February 2021, 450 students in Grade 8 - 12 from Canadian and international independent schools (as well as the Grade 6 BSS classes) came together virtually to collaborate, share, and cultivate a sense of belonging at the first YouBelong Student Diversity Leadership Summit. YouBelong was the first independent school DEIB summit of its kind - entirely student-organized and led. The goal was to foster discussions about identity and allyship, strengthen inter-school relationships and collaborations, and inspire students to take action to address diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging in their own schools.
This year, we are excited to offer another virtual summit on April 7, featuring a keynote address from Anishnaabe writer and activist Riley Yesno. This year's theme is "Understanding and affirming identity: A path to cultivating well-being."
Middle Ground - Identity, Intersectionality and COVID-19
In the spring of 2020, BSS hosted its first inter-school Middle Ground event. Participants from St. Andrew’s College, Havergal College, Upper Canada College and BSS came together to talk about the impact of COVID-19 on student mental health and wellness, particularly in underserved communities.
Photo taken at February 2020 Middle Ground, prior to COVID-19.
Human Rights Week
Human Rights Week is part of a year-long Global Learning initiative that coincides with Holocaust Education Week. Students and staff discuss freedom, human rights, anti-semitism, racism, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals in a global and Canadian context. The Holocaust Education Committee, Community Voices Council and Student Diversity Leadership Council facilitate these activities.
International Human Rights Day
International Human Rights Day is commemorated each year on December 10. The purpose of this day is to recognize human rights, and the violations that have occurred around the world. Students are encouraged to uphold human rights by participating in the Write For Rights Campaign, sponsored by Amnesty International and the United Nations.
Transgender Awareness Week
This important week raises the visibility of transgender people, and addresses issues that members of the community face. Students talk about the importance of commemorating the loss, discrimination and violence that the trans community faces.