On 6 March 2019 thousands of change-makers packed the The SSE Arena, Wembley, for an unparalleled event.
A-list celebrities including The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (Prince Harry and Meghan Markle), Liam Payne, Nicole Scherzinger and Naomi Campbell, inspiring speakers and world leaders, mixed with real people, celebrated a year of action that transformed communities and changed lives.
17 Oasis Academies across the country took part in the event; these academies were; Oasis Academy Byron, Brislington, Coulsdon, Enfield, Harpur Mount, Henderson Avenue, Hadley (Phase 1,2,3 & 4), Isle of Sheppey, Lord’s Hill, Mayfield, Parkwood, Pinewood, Skinner Street, Shirley Park, Sholing, and Wintringham.
Lucy Brightman-Stokes, 12, and Sinead Hubbard, 14, both from Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey and dedicated to their work on the award winning Dementia Café had the honour of personally meeting the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (Prince Harry and Meghan Markle) backstage after the WE Day concert.
Sinead, a Year 10 student at Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey, said; “It was nerve-wracking, but really exciting. We gave them a teddy bear for the baby and a card from our school and they said it was lovely.”
“We wished them good luck. It's great she was there, especially since she's pregnant. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience to meet them.”
WE is a celebration of young people making a difference to their local and global communities. The movement seek to empower young people to become compassionate leaders and active citizens. Tickets to the annual star studded event cannot be bought and are earnt through local and global work by young people determined to make their community a better place.
To earn the star studded tickets, our Academies had to complete either local or global work and be determined to make their community a better place.
A group of students from our three Oasis Academies in Southampton; Lord’s Hill, Sholing, and Mayfield largely consisting of anti-bullying ambassadors following them completing their Diana Award Anti-Bullying Campaign were lucky enough to attend following their work supporting with students around the Academy.
The Diana Award Anti-Bullying Campaign works to change the attitude surrounding bullying both across the UK and beyond. The programme has a strong peer-to-peer focus, with trainers giving young people the skills and confidence to become Ambassadors to tackle bullying in their schools long after the training has finished. The Diana Award’s anti-bullying work is recognised as world-class thanks to this sustainable approach.
The workshop looked at bullying in different situations including face-to-face and online. At the end of the day, students made an action plan of how to approach any bullying issues that may arise in their schools and committed to their roles as Anti-Bullying Ambassadors.
Paul Woodman, WE Day Trip Leader for the Oasis Southampton Academies, said; “Our students thoroughly enjoyed the day and have come back ready to put the uplifting words into positive action in our school communities.”
The event attracted global attention as The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (Prince Harry and Meghan Markle) led a line of A-list celebrities. Speaking to over 12,000 young people, Prince Harry said, ‘Change your thoughts and change the world. Dare to be the greatest generation of all time. I am with you, we are with you!’ His words at WE Day were broadcast and printed around the world. We were privileged to be there.