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We Day asks students to consider their place in the world
|Thursday, 29 September 2011|
We Day is a creation of Free The Children, an organization with which TCS has strong ties. The event is a chance for young people to learn about global issues and better understand their own ability to make a difference in the world.
A select group of students from the Junior and Senior Schools headed to Toronto where they had the chance to hear guest speakers and performers including Nelly Furtado, Danny Glover and Joe Jonas. The gathering of 18,000 young people inspired students to want to give back, said teacher Steph Feddery. “After hearing the many stories of perseverance, determination and above all, the ability to change the world, students believed that even one small action could have a profound and lasting impact. Many students commented how moved they were by the speakers, their desire to become more involved locally and globally and that working together and believing in each other is the ultimate power of ‘we.’ It was a remarkable, eye opening, entertaining and thought-provoking day.”
Back here at the School, all Grade 9 students had their classes in LeVan Hall on Tuesday, as they spent the day celebrating and participating in We Day. They viewed the Toronto event via live simulcast and then had a group session where they talked about what the ceremony meant to each of them. Students were asked to set a goal relative to social justice, be it on a local or international scale, explained Kim Vojnov, director of the School’s service learning programme. They also looked back on their recent trip to the Me to We Leadership Centre in Bethany, Ontario, and the goals they had set at that time.
The students reflected on how their goals are linked to the School’s mission: developing habits of the heart and mind for a life of purpose and service. Then they were asked to create something tangible by writing, drawing or sculpting to represent their ideas. The creations were laid out on the stage as inspiration to all their classmates.
It was a wonderful day to celebrate the power that is within all young people to make the world a better place.