On Monday, May 2nd, 2016, we attended the "Our Voice" Conference. Student representatives from all schools in York Region attended this conference and we were chosen to represent Westminster. The purpose of this conference was to build positive relationships in our schools through equity and inclusivity. We got to see first hand how the power and strength of student leadership can give us a voice. Everyone has a voice and everyone's voice matters.
We got the opportunity to listen to potential student trustees and participate in the election process of choosing our new student trustee. The candidates discussed reducing the stigma of mental health, improving student involvement and how to make schools more Eco-Friendly. They also discussed the benefits of Modern Learning and how it engages students through authentic learning by focussing on students' strengths.
In the afternoon, we covered topics on self-esteem and gender stereotypes. We learned how much influence the media has on self esteem. We need to be aware of the stereotypes and have a voice to counteract what this is doing to our self esteem. We practised ways to think positively and self advocate.
The most important message we got today is that students have the power to be the voice of change. We look forward to sharing this message with the other students at Westminster. We thank Mrs.Porat for taking us.
Gabriel M, Shenylah M.- F. and
Mrs. R. Porat