WE Day is a smash hit!

Grade 9 Students at WE Day X TCS

Whether taking part in activities on campus, or travelling to Toronto for the live celebration of activism, Trinity College School students embraced the social justice messages of the annual WE Day event on Thursday, September 19th.

On campus, all Grade 9 students took part in “WE DayX TCS” on Thursday morning. Students watched the documentary Girl Rising, about the global campaign for girls’ education and empowerment. The film inspired students as they headed into breakout groups to talk about the impact of the documentary. Highlights for our TCS students included having the opportunity to unpack the themes and impact through a free-writing exercise on the importance of education.

A group of Junior and Senior School students were invited to attend the WE Day concert at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena and the event was energizing and uplifting for all in attendance. Organized by Free the Children founders Craig and Marc Kielburger, WE Day and the WE movement aim to encourage young people to become forces for positive change in the world. Despite the early hour of departure, students had high spirits and went into the day motivated.

A star-studded line-up included singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan, environmental activist David Suzuki, musician James Arthur and actor/director Emilio Estevez, whose most recent film, The Public, looked at the homelessness crisis. There was even a special video appearance by Canadian tennis sensation and U.S. Open winner Bianca Andreescu!

The WE Day experience left students feeling enthusiastic about the coming social justice and service learning initiatives this school year, and prepared to jump in and make a difference.