Empowering Young People to Change the World
WE Schools is a year-long programme which nurtures compassion in young people and gives them the tools to make transformational, social change. WE Schools has been working with Leeds West Academy to provide students with the tools and the inspiration to take social action, empower others and transform lives.
On Wednesday 22nd March, students from Leeds West Academy, Leeds City Academy and Leeds East Academy attended the WE Day in Wembley, London. WE Day is a celebration of young people who are making a difference in their local and global communities.
Holly reports on the experience: "The show began with an amazing rendition of Uptown Funk by Fleur East, which boosted everyone's energy for the day. We were then taught the WE Day dance, before learning about what the WE charity's main goals were. Before the show had even begun, everyone was waving their WE Day flags with pride.
Our first speeches of the day were by the Malik sisters, who had climbed the tallest peaks in every continent, and Maria Munir, a human rights advocate whose aim was to inspire equality. The speeches were followed by an amazing performance by Conor Maynard, who wowed everyone with his outstanding singing."
"After a brief lunch break, we were welcomed back with an incredible performance by Jessie J, before some more inspirational speeches. One of these speeches was by the Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet - best known for her portrayal of Rose in Titanic - who inspired everyone to ignore nasty comments from haters, be proud of our body images, and to not spend our lives focused on social media. There was also a speech by Bruce Dickinson, the lead singer of the popular metal band Iron Maiden, who told everyone that we should spend life living in the moment, rather than focusing on technology.
At the end of the day, the show went out with a bang, with a final performance by pop sensations, The Vamps, which everyone loved. Overall, WE Day was an amazing experience; not only did it give us the opportunity to see people who we otherwise would never have met, it was also inspirational for the next generation."
Mr Whitaker, Executive Principal for The White Rose Academies Trust, adds: "WE Schools share the vision of every White Rose Academy; we are committed to achieving and succeeding as a whole school community, empowering the young people of today to guarantee a better world for tomorrow. Well done to our students who represented the schools and our region impeccably. I would also like to extend my greatest thanks to Ms Mumby, Ms Ward and Mr Clement for accompanying our students on this trip. The incredible family of teaching professionals we have within our schools consistently raises the aspirations of our young people, encouraging them to aim high and achieve each and every goal."
To see a short clip of edited highlights from WE Day, click on the video below: