Barnes Wallis Students Celebrate National ‘We Day’ Event
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
27 students from Tattershall’s Barnes Wallis Academy, part of the David Ross Education Trust, attended “We Day” at the Wembley SSE Arena in London.
The students earnt their tickets through their work with the elderly in their community and their fundraising as part of the Interact Club at the academy.
Barnes Wallis Academy students were inspired by stories of resilience, suffering and adversity along with performances by Tom Walker, Pixie Lott and Liam Payne. Students were particularly inspired by Isabelle Weall, a 15-year-old quadruple amputee after contracting meningitis, who encouraged the audience to see obstacles not as setbacks but opportunities. Nikki Christou, a 14-year-old with a facial disfigurement, who spoke about not changing who you are for anyone else also inspired the students with her story. A highlight was The Duke of Sussex giving a speech about activism, highlighting climate change and mental health issues and a surprise appearance from the Duchess of Sussex.
The Barnes Wallis Interact Club is run by students who all feel passionately about helping to improve the quality of life of those living in their community. For three years they have been serving lunch to the elderly in both Coningsby and Tattershall. The Barnes Wallis Interact club have inspired other young people in the academy to get involved by delivering school assemblies and acting as role models.
Catherine Andy, Interact Coordinator at BWA: “We at Barnes Wallis Academy are extremely proud of these exceptional students. Having the chance to hear in person the speeches from so many inspirational figures will encourage them to continue their fantastic work and they will hopefully inspire others to make a difference in the community. Verity Dixon, (Year 10) President of the BWA Interact Club: “We Day was an amazing concert which has inspired those who went to do even more for their community and globally.”