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Toronto Catholic District School Board

St. Rene Goupil Students Perform
at the Aga Khan Museum

  

On Sunday, November 24, drummers and singers from St. Rene Goupil Catholic Elementary School performed two songs (Waka Waka:  This Time for Africa and I Know Who I Am) at the Aga Khan Museum at a lecture highlighting the work of Deborah Ahenkorah.  The Ghanaian publisher founded Golden Baobab, a social enterprise whose mission is to ensure that African children see themselves accurately reflected in the books they read. 
 
The Grade 3-8 choir includes students born in Nigeria, Kenya and Canada. Some have only been in the country since September. Chosen by the students,  the songs joyfully express their optimism and belief in themselves.  The students taught the songs to principal Mirella Rossi who rehearsed the choir through song and creative movement. Teachers Aminata Keita and Brenda Cheung and DECE Shireen Ali Jordan supported the performers in an encouraging, inclusive and inspirational manner.
 
The students were enthusiastically accompanied by their parents and siblings.  A special note of gratitude to Father Obinna for sharing this joyous and momentous day with our TCDSB families. After their performance, the families toured the museum’s exhibit Caravans of Gold: Fragments in Time: Art, Culture and Exchange across Medieval Saharan Africa.

 

Thank you to the Aga Khan Museum for respecting diversity and for welcoming our TCDSB voices into your community.

 

 (Photos of student performances by Connie Tsang)

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