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Jan. 15, 2021 Black Shirt Day at KG, in support of Antiracism

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A Vancouver-based Community Organization has been collecting signatures for a petition proposing Black Shirt Day on January 15th (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday). They have achieved their goal of 1500 signatures. It is not an official Day mandated by the Ministry of Education; however, the petition will be sent to the new Minister and will likely be recognized next year (January 2022).

In British Columbia, thousands of students wear pink shirts in support of anti-bullying. Orange Shirt Day has also been introduced across Canadian schools, where students wear orange shirts in solidarity with Indigenous victims of the residential school system. Black Shirt Day is being suggested as a recognition of the struggle for civil rights fought by Black and racialized Canadians. The proposal is that Black Shirt Day be established on January 15th, the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., the great civil rights leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner. This is a step in raising greater awareness of the ongoing struggle for civil and human rights faced by Black and racialized Canadians, and help to foster solidarity against all forms of racism and hate.

King George is committed to creating a culture of support for Black and racialized students and staff, and to creating space for conversations about how we can all work to confront racism and discrimination at our school and in the community. While Black Shirt Day is a starting point, there will be ongoing efforts to continue these conversations at King George. Students who wish to get involved can speak to Ms. Pearce about joining the Student Voice Group.

Thank you for your support.

Geoff Taylor

Principal



Other Activities:

CONGRATULATIONS TO KG STUDENT ABIGAIL SKINDER, FOR PLACING SECOND IN THE BC SCHOOL SPORTS HOLIDAY HUSTLE COMPETITION. WELL DONE ABIGAIL. THAT'S STAYING ACTIVE!


Students' Council is talking with PAC regarding how students might want to spend the WeChoose $10K Grant we won from The City last spring.


See  information re Clubs further down in this post.


***Vancouver schools still have permission to be in "Stage 2" of the Return to School Sport.***

Athletics: Volleyball is still running – practices only, socially distanced – following all Health and Safety protocols.

Safe, Socially distanced, Covid protocol compliant Basketball "teams" are having drills and practices in the gym, after school.

We will not be offering all Fall Sports, and we cannot predict how rules might change in the future. We know that we will not have Swimming until next school year. If that changes, we will let you know. 


Basketball sign-up (pending VSB/VCH ongoing approval(s) - Sign-up sheets outside Mr. Pannun’s Room 312 - For practices, NOT games, at this time:

  • Bantam Boys Monday November 30,
  • Bantam Girls Tuesday December 1,
  • Juvenile Boys Wednesday December 2,
  • Juvenile Girls Thursday December 3,
  • Junior Boys Friday December 4,
  • Junior Girls Monday December 7,
  • Senior Boys Tuesday December 8, and
  • Senior Girls Wednesday December 9 


Volleyball for Girls at all levels (Bantam, Juvenile, Junior and Senior) and at Sr. only for Boys (Co-Ed) all these teams are running now.

In the gym. 3hrs./wk. for 7 weeks $20

Bantam is Wednesday and Friday 3:15-4:45

Juvenile and Junior Tuesday and Thursday 3:15-4:45

Seniors are Monday and Wednesday 3:15-4:45 (Boys and Girls)


Cross Country:

***On Tuesday November 10th we ran the Virtual City Finals at Langara Golf Course. Athletes will run the 2.73km distance (1 lap of the golf course).

 Results:

CONGRATULATIONS TEAM KG!

Student

Grade

Gender

Langara Time

Leon Hanada

8

M

12:57:41

Henry Boissett

8

M

21:02:40

Alexandra Campbell

11

F

11:02:32

Aki Zvjerac

11

M

9:19:31



The BC School Sport "Return to Sport Plan" is one of the important resources in our KG planning. It is, however, important to note that the VSB has additional requirements and restrictions beyond those of BCSS: related to school facilities use, spectators and use of outside (non-VSB staff) coaches or sponsors. 

Currently, no outside coaches or spectators are permitted in our planning. All of our KG Athletics activity will involve monitoring of safe social distancing, hand cleaning before and after all activity, cleaning of equipment at the start of all activity, cleaning of used spaces between activities, and staff/student wearing of masks before and after sporting activity.  

While inter-school competition is currently not permitted in-person, there may be a possibility of virtual competitions in sports such as cross country running. 

All other athletic activity (except regular PE classes) at KG will likely be of a training and practice nature, conducted entirely within the school student cohort. Any intra-school competition would have to be in a sport that is easily socially distanced during the game.

Our Athletic Director Mr. Pannun is working very hard with staff and students to evaluate our capacity to offer safe, in school return to athletic activity.

I will post more information as I receive it, here on the school website.


CLUBS:

Drama: 

There will be drama club this year. While we cannot do a live play with an audience, the plan is to produce a movie in the fall/winter. In the spring, we would be connected with professional actors from Bard on the Beach (via online means) and creating a new version/adaptation of a Shakespeare play.  If you are interested in acting, stage management, sound/costume/set/lights design, video editing etc. you are welcome to join this club! Please sign up on the KG THEATRE bulletin board outside the drama room (room 143) OR email Ms Init at hinit@vsb.bc.ca for more information. All grades and levels of experience are welcome!

Interact Club is running, email or see Ms Kam in the library.

Earth Club is running, email or see Ms Lin.

Hear 4 Peers is running, see Mr. Godfrey.

More to come...

Regards,

Geoff Taylor

Principal

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