The Youth in Philanthropy group has been working hard to raise awareness about bullying issues and getting the students at WES excited about Day of Pink coming up on Wednesday, April 13. It is a day where communities across the country, and across the world, can unite in celebrating diversity and raising awareness to stop all forms of bullying. The International Day of Pink was started in Nova Scotia when 2 high school students saw another student being bullied for wearing a pink shirt. The 2 students intervened, but wanted to do more to prevent bullying. They decided to purchase pink shirts, and a few days later got everyone at school to arrive wearing pink, standing in solidarity. The result was that an entire school took a stand and began working together to prevent bullying. The message was clear: anyone can bully, any can be victimized by bullying, but together we can stop it.
Over the last couple of months, the grade 7 students have been working on a cross-curricular unit on the ways of life in Asia and Africa. Students worked in groups of 2-3 and focused on one specific country within Asia or Africa. They created a map to show where their country of focus was located in the world and researched the flag of the country to communicate the meaning of the symbols and colours on the flag. Students also conducted research to complete a travel brochure about their country, a poster about the language spoken with some suggested common phrases to use if you were to travel there.
Each year the Jazz Band and the Jazz Choir from WES attend the Brandon Jazz Festival where they perform and are coached by professional musicians. They turn this visit to the Jazz Festival into a mini tour by stopping in a couple of communities along the way. They bring a short concert to children at schools in these communities. This year’s festival is March 17th.