Celebrating Diversity

At Boyne Public School, we value the diversity of our students and the community.

Our School Ambassadors' strives to celebrate the rich, cultural backgrounds of all our students .

September - Celebrations

  • Harvestide (Wicca)

    • Celebrates fall equinox and end of harvest

  • Eid (Islam)

    • Festival of Sacrifice that marks the end of Hajj. This is a four day holiday that usually begins at sundown the day before.

What we do at Boyne:

  • Announcements

  • Mehndi for the whole school, parent volunteers and students place designs on one hand of students.

October - Celebrations

  • Rosh Hashanah (Jewish)

    • Literally 'Head of Year' marks the first and second day of the Jewish New Year and the anniversary of the creation of the world. It begins at sundown the night before and ends 10 days later with Yom Kippur. It is celebrated with prayers and religious services.

  • Yom Kippur (Jewish)

    • The Day of Atonement is the holiest and most solemn of all days in the Jewish year. They believe that once you atone for your mistakes, you can be 'at one' with God. Jews do not work, and fast from sunset to sunset.

  • Thanksgiving

    • Annual Canadian holiday, occurring on the second Monday in October, which celebrates the harvest and other blessings of the past year.

  • Diwali (Hinduism)

    • It means 'row of lights' and is the Hindu New Year. Diwali lasts for 5 days: Day 1 - New Year for business, Day 2 - the triumph of god Vishnu over the evil demon, Day 3 - Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity visits homes lit by lamps, Day 4 - Bali worship day, Day 5 - devoted to brothers and sisters.

  • El Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) ~ Oct 31 - Nov 2

    • Celebration in Mexico - combination of both the culture of Los Pueblos Originarios (First Nations) and Christianity (Spanish colonization).

  • Halloween ~ October 31st

    • It is a day to mark the single night in the year when, according to old Celtic beliefs, spirits and the dead can cross over into the world of the living. Some people hold parties and children may trick-or-treat in their neighbourhood.

What we do at Boyne

  • Announcements

  • Diwali:

    • Primary classes make paper Diya’s and junior/intermediate classes make glass jar Diya’s with battery operated candles. All are put in the display case.

  • Halloween:

    • Display case decorated.

    • Parade for the primary students through the school in their costumes while older students, staff and parents lined the halls.

    • Halloween dance K-8, P 1-5.

    • Students not participating in dance watching a movie in the library.

November - Celebrations

  • All Saints Day (Western Christianity)

    • This day is for honouring saints, known and unknown.

  • Remembrance Day ~ November 11th

What we do at Boyne

  • Announcements

  • Remembrance Day:

    • School-wide assembly.

    • Classes make wreaths to lay at the front of the gym.

    • Choir to perform.

    • Classes to perform.

December - Celebrations

  • Hannukah (Jewish)

    • Approximately in 164 B.C., Maccabees, a small group of Jews fighting for religious freedom won victory over the Syrians. The legend goes that to rededicate the Temple, they found only one jar of holy oil and miraculously the candelabra remained lit for 8 days. The Festival of Lights is celebrated for eight days with the lighting of an eight candle menorah. Special readings and songs of praise focus on liberty and freedom.

  • Christmas (Christianity) - Dec. 25th

    • This day celebrates Jesus Christ's birth over 2000 years ago. Customs include lighting candles, exchanging gifts and using evergreen decorations to celebrate this day, the most widely observed Chrsitian festival of the year. In most communities it is a family day.

  • Kwanzaa - Dec. 26th

    • The celebration honours African heritage in African-American culture, and is observed from December 26 to January 1, culminating in a feast and gift-giving.

What we do at Boyne

  • Hannukah, Christmas and Kwanzaa:

    • Diversity Club student’s decorate Christmas Tree in front foyer and the display case for all three holiday’s.

    • All students write a holiday wish and the wishes get made into a large chain that decorates the tree and the office.

    • Last day of school holiday sing-along for whole school.

    • Digital Advent Calendar Challenges posted on the announcements.

January - Celebrations

  • Orthodox Christmas (Christianity - Coptic & Eastern Orthodox)

    • On this day, some Eastern churches celebrate the birth of Jesus according to the Julian calendar, which is currently 13 days behind the Gregorian or Western calendar.

What we do at Boyne

  • Announcements

February - Celebrations

  • Black History

    • Every February, Canadians are invited to participate in Black History Month festivities and events that honour the legacy of Black Canadians, past and present.

  • Shrove Tuesday

    • Also known in Commonwealth countries as Pancake Tuesday or Pancake Day. It is the day in February or March immediately preceding Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent), which is celebrated in some countries by consuming pancakes.

  • Chinese New Year/Lunar New Year

    • The new year, also known as the Spring Festival, is marked by the lunisolar Chinese calendar, so the date changes from year to year. Happy Chinese New Year 2017 - The Year of the Rooster. The new year has begun and will last until Feb 15, 2018.

What we do at Boyne

  • Announcements

  • Black History:

    • Display case decorated with pictures of Black Canadians in History.

    • Book display created of fiction and non-fiction book about Black History.

    • Each student makes a hand wreath using flesh tone construction paper which will be used to create a large wreath to go in the front foyer.

    • Diversity Club students made trivia questions for the junior/intermediate students to answer everyday

  • Shrove Tuesday:

    • Make and serve pancakes to the whole school.

  • Chinese New Year/Lunar New Year:

    • Hide paper fortune cookies around the school containing messages of kindness and activities / ideas of kindness.

    • Decorate display case.

March - Celebrations

  • Holi (Sikh, Hindu)

    • This festival of colour celebrates Spring, where people play with liquid and powdered colours, light bonfires and blow horns to celebrate the destruction of Holika.

What we do at Boyne

  • Announcements

  • Face paint for the whole school. Student volunteers placed coloured lines on students faces.

April - Celebrations

  • Sikh Heritage Month (Canada)

    • Aims to celebrate the contributions and aspirations of all Sikh-Canadians and develop a greater understanding and appreciation for a rich, unique and diverse heritage.

  • Baisakhi (Sikh, Hindu)

    • New Year Festival. Also a commemoration of the founding of the Khalsa by Guru Gobind Singh (the tenth Sikh Guru).

  • Easter (Christianity)

    • This day celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

  • Easter (Orthodox Christianity)

What we do at Boyne

  • Announcements

  • Sikh Herigate Month and Baisakhi:

    • Decorate display case.

  • Easter:

    • Hide plastic Easter Eggs around the school with messages for student to find.

    • Taught students how to do Pysanka (Ukrainian egg decorating) using melted wax and an announcement.