Dear RWA community,
As everyone is aware, we are living in very unprecedented times. In addition to the challenges that we have been facing based on COVID-19, the impact of the recent death of George Floyd has been felt across the globe. This senseless tragedy has sparked a conversation across nations that has prompted us to acknowledge systemic injustice, racism and police bias.
We acknowledge that members of our community experience incidents of systemic racism personally, and our students of colour specifically, experience trauma as a result. We, as a school, will evaluate how we address the topic of race and culture, and more broadly, how we can make a better effort to ensure that our Black students and, in fact, all of our students of colour feel supported by our school environment. We acknowledge that we have not put emphasis on Black history, anti-racist issues, and indeed, other topics that are important to lack students and other students of colour. We recognize that these omissions have marginalized our students of color and denied all of our students the opportunity to benefit from a richer understanding of the complex historical and current issues of race and culture.
Our goal is to strive to learn and move forward in a positive, constructive manner. We must make educating our students on anti-racist issues a priority. We will look to provide all of our students with opportunities, both in and out of the classroom, to learn and discuss issues that affect people of colour and highlight the historical context of these important topics.
Our students of colour have made a great impact in helping us to modify our practices here at RWA in order to help ensure better inclusivity. Some of our Black students met with RWA Administration back in February and presented positive solutions on how we could improve the situation at our school. Their feedback and initiative were greatly appreciated and have inspired us to take action and implement changes in our school. Some of these changes will involve increasing awareness of cultural diversity, emphasis on Black History Month, discussions with teaching staff to include these topics within their classroom environment and developing activities of cultural significance. We are, as well, committed to creating solutions and continuing this discussion with our students, staff and larger community.
It is the responsibility of all members of our school community to promote diversity, tolerance and anti-racism. With that in mind, we wish to provide a list of resources that can be accessed by everyone in order to help us deepen our understanding of racism and the Black Lives Matter movement. Just as our political leaders, law enforcement, and citizens can evolve as a society, we will look inward and do the same.
Royal West Academy
Please kindly note that all information related to the purchase of uniform items will be sent out to all parents once it becomes available. We are targeting for August, however, due to the unprecedented situation of Covid-19 we are working on developing a plan to ensure that everyone who will need to purchase uniforms for the new school year can do so in the safest way possible.
Winning Slate is ULTRA
Congratulations to Alyssa Mirarchi , Sofia Del Raso, Tani Bercuvitz and Marilena Sahlas-Roy
Grade Representative Results
Elected Grade 11 REP: Ella Barakett
Elected Grade 10 REP: Emily MacDonald
Elected Grade 9 REP: Sage Shrier
Elected Grade 8 REP: Alinna Diao
Thank you to all who voted.
The first of the RWA Moments of Pause-itivity; Body Scan.
Dear Royal West Academy Community,
We miss you and hope you are well. This week is the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Mental Health Week. As such, we as a staff have created this surprise for you to remind you that we are a community and we are here for each other. Enjoy these next few minutes of mindfulness. If you need help, reach out.
The summer reading list for 2020-2021 has arrived! For a full list of books and where to buy them click here.