School-Wide Project – Identity Day

Posted: February 26, 2018

UPDATE – here is the letter that was sent home that includes the schedule. 

Families of James Hill,

Our mantra at James Hill is “Where YOU belong!”.

We are excited to announce a school-wide project designed to create more of a sense of belonging, highlight student strengths and interests, and create more pride in who our students are.

This project, called Identity Day, will take place on April 16 at our school. Each student (and staff member) will complete a project about themselves that answers the question, “What is one thing about yourself that you would love to share?”.  This could be an area of strength or a talent, an area of interest, something about a student’s culture or family history, or something of which they are proud.  Students will have a variety of options and platforms they can use to share – a display board,  iMovie, powerpoint, poster, or even a demonstration along with some key information.  Projects should contain images, artifacts, and other resources that students have collected or that showcase their topic.

Family support is encouraged and much of this work can be done at home but some can be done at school. In the coming weeks, more info will come home about gathering resources for the project. 

Check out the video below for examples from a school that did this a few years ago (info continues below the video):

We will be starting the planning phase of this project this week as part of Respect and Diversity Week. This week, students will start to explore a few areas to consider to see if they can narrow their topic ideas down to 2-3 potential topics.

Although this initial work will be done at school, you can also help your child at home by asking a few (not all!) of the following questions:

  • What is one thing you would love to share with others?
    • Do you collect things?
    • Have you experienced something (ex. travel) that you want to share?
    • Do you have a favourite sports team/player or singer/band?
  • What is something you do that you feel energized when you do it?
    • What is one of your strengths or talents?
      • Art? Drama? Music? Dance? Sports? Horseback Riding? Leadership?
      • Trades? (Mechanics? Building? Cooking/Baking? Sewing? Technology?)
      • Reading? Math? Science?
  • What is one thing you are proud of?
    • Who are you? What makes you… YOU?
    • What is your family history and/or family culture?
    • Is there an accomplishment you want to share?
    • Did you want to share about your pet(s)?
  • What do you love to do more than anything in the world?
    • What interests you?
      • Lego? Stuffies?
    • What do you like to do with your friends? With your family?

Stay tuned for more info next week on gathering artifacts, images, and resources for the project.

Note: This project involves the development of the Positive Personal and Cultural Identity core competency as part of the British Columbia curriculum. There may be a self-assessment following the project.

  • A positive personal and cultural identity is the awareness, understanding, and appreciation of all the facets that contribute to a healthy sense of oneself. It includes awareness and understanding of one’s family background, heritage(s), language(s), beliefs, and perspectives in a pluralistic society. Students who have a positive personal and cultural identity value their personal and cultural narratives, and understand how these shape their identity. Supported by a sense of self-worth, self-awareness, and positive identity, students become confident individuals who take satisfaction in who they are, and what they can do to contribute to their own well-being and to the well-being of their family, community, and society.