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Forum for Change in the Junior School

At Havergal, a student with an emotional response to the events in her community, with an idea about supporting people who are leading difficult lives, or who simply wonders about her world, knows where to go: she goes to her teacher. Her teacher talks with her, and then brings her to the people who are charged with coaching her emotion, her idea and her wonder into shape, into an action that enables her to have impact. Because when a girl feels her impact, she feels that the world is a place where she belongs.

At the Junior School, the Forum for Change at Havergal contributes to reinforcing Havergal’s values of Integrity, Inquiry, Compassion, and Courage by enabling faculty, staff and students to enable students to experience themselves as young women making a difference in the world. Girls learn that they don’t have to wait to be older to feel their impact – they can step up to their place in the world now. They learn that they have voices that will be heard, and that their contributions are valued. This is extraordinary and highly empowering.

 

Cookies & Conversations

Since 2018-19, the Forum for Change has worked closely with students in Grades 5 and 6 through a program of community building and leadership and action plan development. Dubbed Cookies and Conversations, students meet biweekly and discuss issues such as mental health, environmental sustainability, community action and developing leadership skills. This program is supported by the team from the Forum for Change as well as our Prefects, providing another opportunity for collaboration between the Senior and Junior Schools.

 

Supporting Community Captains

The Forum for Change also supports the development of leadership skills for our Grade 6 students, by supporting students who hold the Community Captain portfolio. This work includes curating programming for Cookies and Conversations and activities for Celebration Saturday, such as baking cookies and overseeing the pumpkin decorations.