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Pupils inspired by the WE Movement

Senior School

06 March 2020

This week, selected girls from across Years 8-11 attended WE Day UK 2020, a celebration of young people and teachers who have made a difference. The day is held to celebrate and uphold the WE movement: a programme of social action that educates and empowers young people to make a difference in their communities. It is held in over 15 cities across the UK, U.S., Canada and the Caribbean, and each event features an inspiring line-up of world-renowned speakers, award-winning performers and real life stories of change. The girls report on their experience.

13 girls, along with teachers Miss Welsh, Miss Lambert and Mrs Hewison, made an early arrival at school to travel to London to attend WE Day. You can’t buy a ticket for this day, you have to earn your way, and we felt incredibly fortunate to be attending this inspirational event, having been nominated by our teachers for our own charitable endeavours in and outside of school.

We arrived in London at approximately 9.30am and, after a short but brisk walk, arrived at Wembley SSE Arena. We had arrived just in time for the show to begin and after a long journey we were full of adrenaline and ready to feel inspired. We knew that former EHS pupil Malala Yousafzai had spoken at the event in 2014 and so had high expectations about the guest speakers; we were not disappointed! In the first half of the show we heard from huge global stars such as Idris Elba, Jamie Oliver and Maya Garchel, who spoke about issues close to their hearts and how they had themselves overcome adversity. 

At midday we broke for lunch and had the freedom to wander about in the stadium, seeing what was going on and meeting students from other schools.

During the second half of the show we heard from speakers such as former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Bluey Robinson and Adwoa Obou before leaving to make the return trip home.

It was a fun and truly inspirational day and we look forward to presenting an assembly in school on the WE movement.


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