As mentioned in “The Week Ahead”, the Bastion Leadership Team will be hosting a school spirit day on Thursday, April 1st. After some excellent conversations and with much thought and consideration, we have decided to rename our school spirit day to Creative Hair Day.
You may be asking, “why Creative Hair Day?” At Bastion Elementary, we want to ensure all of our students are feeling included in a safe and comfortable way. We would like all of our students and staff to have fun by coming to school with creative hairstyles, and not make anyone feel that their natural hair or hairstyle is “crazy” or “weird”. By promoting certain hairstyles as “crazy” or “weird” we may negatively affect students from different backgrounds and cultures. For example, a child of colour may wear his/her hair in a certain way on a daily basis, and we want that child to feel proud of his/her hair and the cultural significance of the hairstyle. We do not want a child of colour to feel his/her hair is “crazy” or “weird”.
There are many creative ways to style hair, such as:
Some hairstyles that can be considered culturally insensitive may include:
Thank you for continuing to help promote a safe, caring and inclusive learning environment, for all of our learners, at Bastion Elementary.
Joel Menzies (Principal)