Ricards Lodge celebrates Black History Month

Students at Ricards Lodge High School have enjoyed the opportunity to take part in ‘The Sea of Hands,’ an exciting project that involves music, dance, storytelling and games as part of the Black History Month activities taking place around the country.

The project focuses on the journey made by slaves from Africa to the Caribbean and to Britain and explores the spiritual journey involved and what has survived from these original cultures.

The project was run by the Koromanti Arts Group, a contemporary African and Caribbean company, led by ‘H’ Patten, an experienced choreographer, filmmaker, storyteller and performer, who has worked with black dance companies in Britain, Africa and the Caribbean over the past two decades.

The 120 students from Years 7 to 11 who took part will be performing their work in school assemblies after the half term holidays so that the whole school can share in the experience. One of the students, Sonia in Year 8 said “It has been great working on the project and learning the dance. I have really enjoyed it.”

Alison Jerrard, Headteacher, said:
“It’s been exciting to have the students take part in this vibrant project that has been both highly enjoyable and a chance to raise their awareness of our multicultural community.”

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Notes to editors:
· Photo available on request.
· Black History Month has been celebrated across the United Kingdom for over 30 years. It aims to raise awareness of black history and celebrate the achievements of the black community and its contribution to society. 2007 is the bi-centennial of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act.
· For further information please contact Alison Jerrard, Headteacher, Ricards Lodge High School, Lake Road, Wimbledon, SW19 7HB on 020 8946 2208 or email office.manager@ricardslodge.merton.sch.uk
· The school’s website can be viewed online at http://www.ricardslodge.merton.sch.uk