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13th March 2018

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Park View students attended the WE Day UK event at The SSE Arena in Wembley on Wednesday 7th March.

WE Day is an exciting event that brings together thousands of young people to celebrate a year of action that transformed communities and changed lives. The WE movement supports and encourages young people to be leaders and make a change in the world.

Students enjoyed talks from world-renowned speakers and award-winning performers including Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, Lily Collins, Alexandra Burke and Katie Piper.

Actress Lily Collins shared some inspiring and empowering words with the audience, where she encouraged the young people to speak out against hatred and abuse. “It’s time to take our power back and be brave,” she said. “If you want to speak up. Speak up. Don't ask yourselves, Why now? ask, Why not now?”

Katie Piper spoke about self-esteem and self-love. She told the audience, “Self-worth is the only measurement of yourself. You are your own competition! Social media makes us envy people online; we spend our energy trying to decide on how we should react to them. We need to learn to love the person in the mirror and not compare ourselves with others.”

Our very own Year 10 student – Juliet, winner of last year’s WE volunteer trip scholarship, took to the WE day stage for a Q&A session.

Juliet was selected from 250 applicants to travel to one of the WE villages communities in India over the summer. The trip provided a great opportunity to experience the culture, volunteer in a rural village, helping build a school and participate in interactive workshops.

Juliet spoke about her experience and how it motivated her to celebrate World Oceans Day. She said, “The trip was a celebration of the amazing things young people can achieve, and I thought we needed more of that. I want to celebrate the beautiful parts of the oceans that we may not have in the years to come. I want to stop crying about the many beautiful species we've lost and celebrate the few we have left. That way, with a lot of effort from us, the reefs will get bigger, the fish and marine mammals will increase in numbers, and maybe, one day, we'll have plastic-less oceans, instead of fishless ones.”

It was an incredible event where many young people and families came together for positive change. A day of inspiration that encouraged and motivated our students to do more and spread the WE movement.


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