The Student Leadership program at Johnston Heights is based on a philosophy of local and global action on real issues. This means that students take on projects at the school level that range from helping set up for school events, to preparing food donated by local business, to organizing anti-bullying campaigns and fun flash mob performances. On the global side our students are involved in everything from helping out at nearby elementary schools to advocating for international movements such as Free the Children. The most recent involvement outside of school was the News Day in BC event, where students from all over the Lower Mainland tried out for the opportunity to be a reporter for a day with the CBC. Hundreds of students vied for thirty seats in the program. Johnston Heights saw three of its current or former students win places. This is a huge accomplishment, and it speaks to the quality of our leadership students, and to the quality of the leadership program that Ms. Tuey offers.
The “local and global” philosophy is reflected in the pieces that the students chose to report on, from Nisha’s insightful article on student self-harm, to Jason’s international view of the participation of Canadian youth in the Free the Children initiative, to JV’s role as the official blogger for the whole group. The quality of their work speaks for itself. Take some time to read or view the links below, and see for yourself.
What a great idea to get students aware of those less fortunate than themselves. It sounds as if those who took part really benefitted fromthe opportunities presented.
Yes, it really was an excellent opportunity. The students are continuing to follow it up, with more events planned to raise awareness further for free the children. Very cool!