On Friday, 7th March Year 11 and selected Year 10 Babington House School pupils went to the first ever We Day in Britain held at Wembley Arena and hosted by the charity Free the Children. The day was created to celebrate the achievements of pupils who have raised money for global and national charities and to enthuse children to engage with social action.
The girls had the fantastic opportunity of listening to speakers such as Malala Yousafzai, the young girl shot for speaking out about girls' education, and Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore about Global Warming. They danced to Dizzee Rascal, Birdie and Ellie Goulding. They listened to Multi-award-winning actor Evanna Lynch – actress known for her role of Luna Lovegood in the "Harry Potter" movie, Sir Richard Branson and inspiring speeches from Paraolympians.
And there was even a proposal - to Prince Harry- we are still awaiting an answer! A fantastic time was had by all the girls and a great treat for all their charity work.
On Monday 10th March six girls from Year 6 at Babington House, attended the Commonwealth Observance Day at Westminster Abbey. They were all greeted at the Abbey by Clyde the Thistle, the mascot for the Common Wealth Games in Glasgow 2014. After taking their seats and a procession of Commonwealth flags a fanfare played and the Queen and Prince Philip entered the Abbey and proceeded, only four rows in front of the Babington students and teachers, through the Nave.
Other Royals in attendance were: The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Earl of Wessex and The Countess of Wessex. The students found the day " truly inspirational"; guest speakers included: Lord Coe, Phillippa Yaa de Villiers, The Right Honourable Baroness Grey-Thompson DBE and Malala Yousafzai. After Malala's speech there was a rousing, and spontaneous, round of applause.
The girls all felt very honoured and inspired by these "once in a lifetime" experiences.