On January 12 the Grade 11 student leaders held a Games Night for our Grade 9 students. The event provided the opportunity for students to develop relationships with their classmates and form bonds with other students at the School.
Lauren M., Grade 11 Trafalgar student shares, “Having friends within your grade allows for everything to be more fun. Also, having connections with other grades allows for more connections throughout the School and comfort to ask questions.”
Grade 11 Trafalgar Activities and Spirit Council House Captain, Dora G. echoes Lauren’s thoughts, “I am always open to answer questions from younger students and willing to share my experiences to help benefit their experience in upper school. Being a house captain allows me to provide information about leadership roles at Trafalgar and share useful tips.”
Co-curricular opportunities and events outside the classroom are one of the most adaptable areas of our school program. The Grade 9 Games Night is a result of Grade 11 student leadership recognizing a need for connection, community and information for these students as they transition to upper school. These initiatives organized by students and supported by staff helps Trafalgar to ensure our offerings are relevant, responsive and enthusiastically embraced.
In addition to the many exciting activities and games the Grade 11 students planned, there was opportunity for discussion. These discussions help make students feel comfortable to ask questions and advice, something Lauren feels is so important in her many leadership roles. “Becoming friends with people in younger grades means that they are more comfortable with asking me questions or for advice because they know who I am and how I went through past years. Throughout the past year, I have helped out with Trafalgar’s Peer Support Group and various athletic teams, which allows me to meet people I may have not have otherwise.”
When asked what advice our Grade 11 leaders would give the Grade 9 students as they begin upper school it’s all about community and connection. These leaders encourage their peers to ask questions, make time for fun and to step out of their comfort zone.
“Always be confident, and look for things that you really enjoy doing,” shares Dora G. “It will help with many of the important decisions we have as upper school students.”