WE Day promotes kindness and compassion

Trinity College School students were inspired by the themes of kindness, compassion and social justice that were promoted by the annual WE Day event on Thursday, September 28th. With students attending the WE Day event in person and others viewing the live stream here on campus, students had a chance to contemplate their own role in being a force for positive change in the world.

A group of Junior and Senior School students travelled to Toronto’s Air Canada Centre for the WE Day event. This year, the speakers and performers included Kelly Clarkson, Vanessa Hudgens, George Takei, Penny Oleksiak and Ban Ki-Moon, to name just a few. There was even a very special surprise visit from His Royal Highness Prince Harry, who was in Toronto as host of the Invictus Games. He told the crowd of 20,000 young people to remain hopeful in a world that can seem very bleak and scary and he specifically encouraged young people to remain empowered to work towards environmental sustainability.

Some staff and faculty members, along with their children, also had the opportunity to attend WE Day Family, held at the ACC later in the day, which aims to help families pass on the values of compassion and service. Those who attended came back from the evening event feeling inspired to give of themselves to others.

Here on campus, all Grade 9 students spent the morning being exposed to social justice ideas. Meeting with faculty leaders in the lower gym, the students were broken into small groups to discuss their expectations and hopes for the day. Groups talked about examples of social justice and also took part in some leadership/teamwork activities. After a short break, members of the School’s service learning office (Ms. Kim Vojnov, Ms. Danielle Goodwin and Mr. Ryan Byrne) gave a presentation on the various service opportunities at TCS before students got to enjoy a live stream of the WE Day concert from Toronto.

To wrap up the morning, a debriefing session focused on social justice goals that we can all include in our lives: using inclusive language, participating in charity events, even smiling at others in the hallway. The student groups created posters to reflect these ideas to be displayed outside the service learning office.