Speaking at “Speak Up” conference for 750 Elementary school students

January 23, 2015 - News

Grade 7 Catholic students will use their voice to impact change at the “Speak Up” Student Conference

On January 28, 750 Grade 7 students from Brampton North East Catholic elementary schools will participate in the “Speak Up” Student Conference. This conference will focus on student voice and will have a dual purpose: to inspire students to “speak up” and use their voice to impact change for the common good; and to collect student thoughts and ideas about improving education, student well-being, Catholic education, and other issues that are important to students.

The conference will begin at 10:00 a.m. at Cardinal Ambrozic Catholic Secondary School with a line-up of guest speakers and presenters, including:

Daniel Francavilla, a Dufferin-Peel graduate and founder of ACCESS, a youth-led, non-profit organization that educates, empowers, and inspires youth to drive positive change;

Sacha, a singer/songwriter, who will perform some of her inspiring and empowering songs including “Stix n’ Stones”, an anti-bullying anthem;

Dufferin-Peel Student Trustees, Izabella Balcerak and Meghana Benoy, who will speak to impacting change in education through their role;

Cardinal Ambrozic Catholic Secondary School’s BRAVE student group and leadership students, who will speak to some of the initiatives in which they have been involved as part of their quest to impact change.

Following the guest speakers, students will move into break-out sessions, where they will be asked to share their thoughts and ideas on topics, such as education and learning, student well-being, Catholic education, as well as local and global issues that students feel are important.

The day will conclude with a “call to action” from Father Vito Marziliano, pastor at St. Patrick Church in Brampton.

“We recognize the importance of student voice in our Catholic schools, as well as in our local and global communities,” said Jeanette Kastoris, Speak Up Conference Committee member and teacher at St. Agnes School. “Our Catholic Graduate vision for students includes supporting their growth as responsible citizens who think and act for the common good. The conference will seek to communicate that message and inspire students to action in whatever areas they decide.”

The conference is based on the Ministry of Education’s Speak Up forum. Discussions and feedback from the conference will be recorded and shared with other students, teachers, administrators, board personnel and Ministry representatives.

AmbrozicWhat: “Speak Up” Student Conference
Who: Grade 7 students in Brampton North East Catholic Schools (approx. 750)
When: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Cardinal Ambrozic Catholic Secondary School, 10 Castle Oaks Crossing, Brampton

For more information, contact Angela Deo, Principal at St. Agnes School at 905-840-5020.

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