St. Denis Catholic School to host Pride flag raising celebration on May 31

Students take part in the 2022 Pride celebration at St. Denis Catholic School in the Beach. On May 31, the school will hold a flag raising and celebration to mark Pride month in June. Photo: Beach Metro Community News file photo.

St. Denis Catholic School in the Beach will kick off Pride Month in June with a special celebration on the afternoon of Wednesday, May 31.

The event will see the raising of a Pride flag and the unveiling of a permanent art installation that students have contributed to.

The celebration gets underway at 2 p.m. at the school, 67 Balsam Ave., and will include speeches by former Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, school principal Anthony Pauk, former St. Denis teacher Wendell Isidor, and parents from the school’s Pride Committee which is a subdivision of the parent-led Equity Circle.

This is the second year in a row St. Denis has held a Pride celebration and flag raising event.

There will also be singing from all students, and for the first time a Show your Colours Show where students are welcome to walk or dance to celebrate their colours, diversity and uniqueness in front of their peers. There will be a DJ and dance party to follow.

Other events at the school for Pride month will include: presentations from Pflag Canada organization scheduled for the middle of the month and geared towards three different age groupings, 2SLGBTQI+ positive library books displayed in the school’s lobby, and a morning assembly on May 31 for students and staff featuring a theatrical adaptation of the book Red: A Crayon’s Story performed by the St. Denis Drama Club.

— Ofelia Loret de Mola

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