The first statement on the Island School Code is, “We should value and respect the diversity of our school community with regard to cultural heritage, gender, sexuality, age, physical appearance or physical/academic ability." Spectrum was formed in 2009 to educate and raise awareness regarding the “sexuality” part of the statement. The group also aims to support students of all sexual orientations, especially those who are questioning their identities.
Though sexual orientation and gender identity issues are slowly being discussed more at Island School and in society in general, they are still contentious topics. Spectrum holds weekly discussions that are mainly attended by Sixth Form students. This core group organizes talks and events during the school year. For example, dozens of students participated in a Day of Silence in May to raise awareness of homophobia and the experiences of those affected by it.
Spectrum will continue into the 2010-2011 academic year with more activities, so to stay up to date on what the group is doing and planning, please visit our blog
Joyce Wu 12D / Caitlyn Murphy 12E