Students from the National Church of England Academy joined hundreds of other young people at Nottingham’s inaugural WE Day event to hear A-list speakers from across the globe on what it means to be a hero in your own community.
Among the internationally renowned speakers were Bella Ramsey from Game of Thrones, and Martin Luther King III – the oldest son of civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jnr.
The event, held at the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham on 5 November, was organised by the WE Charity and is part of several WE Days held in cities across the world to celebrate social action among young people.
Students from the academy’s WE Act social action group were chosen to attend the celebration in recognition of their work this year. The group has been instrumental in improving recycling facilities at the academy and secured a grant for some new furniture made from recycled plastic.
This isn’t the first time the group has been acknowledged by the WE Charity organisers. Earlier in the year, three of our students shared the stage with Prince Harry at Wembley Arena to talk about the simple actions they have taken locally to change things for the better.
Mrs Clare, Assistant Head of Humanities at the academy, who co-ordinates the WE Act social group and went along with her students said: “This was another incredible conference that gave our students the opportunity to listen to inspiring speakers from all over the world and to hear from local heroes too.”
Sixteen-year-old actress Bella Ramsey from Nottingham found fame with the Worst Witch and went on to star in the Game of Thrones. She talked openly about her struggle with mental health and urged everyone to take care of their mental wellbeing.
Students also rubbed shoulders with Joe Dempsie from Game of Thrones when they came together in the press office to speak to local media including Capital FM and Notts TV.
American actor, writer and director, Emilio Estevez, spoke of his insecurities and told the audience he was a very shy child that couldn’t speak in class. He urged students to freely express themselves and added: “Your voice matters, the future of the entire planet depends on it. You are the heirs of the only planet we have.”
If you want to get involved with the We Act group, please see Mrs Clare or come along to room 8 after the academy day on Thursdays. If you cannot make the group there are still lots of ways to get involved.