Year 4 & 5 School Councillors with Mr Barrett and Mr Ephson
Today is We Day, a huge celebration of the young volunteers (that’s us) who have taken part in a year of local
and global action to help other people.
We met at school at 6:45 am, before making our way to Wembley Stadium by coach.
As we emerged from the coach at 8am, we were greeted by hordes of excited young people from all over the
country, all queuing eagerly to see and hear the activists, actors and performers who would take the stage
throughout the day. There was a tangible buzz in the air and we couldn’t wait for it to start. Then we did wait.
Until 9:45 am, when it was time for the countdown.
“10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 11,” shouted by 12,000-strong sea of students. Then grand opening…. Boris Johnson!
He kicked off the day with some energetic words of congratulations and encouragement.
The day was split into 4 ‘periods’, all teaching us about different aspects of EMPOWERMENT: economic,
technological, social and educational. All the way through, we were inspired by the stories of people who had
struggled to achieve success in life, people who have built charities to effect social change and young
visionaries who had dared to chase a dream to its fulfilment.
Every one of them was cheered on by the incredibly noisy crowd.
Aside from all we learned, we were treated to amazing performances by Sean Mendez, Bars and Melody,
Connor Maynard, Mr Probz to name a few.
Last of all, and most importantly, we all made a pledge today. It was a pledge to put our energy into WE, not ME.
WE can affect poverty, inequality, injustice and make the world a better place.
Who is going to be the change?