Girl's Night In - A Night to Remember
On Friday March 1st, BR’s grade 9 and 10 girls came together to celebrate the strength of femalehood by participating in an exciting initiative at BR known as Girls Night In.
Community is built upon the key principles that in order to make a difference in the world, you must participate and be a part of something bigger than yourself. That is the energy and mandate that was infiltrated into the Girls Night In event which took place on Friday March 1st at BR school. GNI is an initiative whose main purpose is to provide incredible opportunities for grade 9 and 10 girls to connect with one another, empower each other, and create impactful memories and bonds that will allow them to walk away feeling enlightened and that they belong in the BR community.
The night combined the Spice Girls’ fierce message of promoting “Girl Power”, Beyonce’s dance moves, Malala’s ability to move an audience with words alone, and the Williams Sisters’ agility and movement as the girls engaged with one another in a series of inspiring workshops and activities.
Together, they celebrated everything female. With the phenomenal help of grade 11 GNI leaders and members of staff, the workshops and activities offered were designed to challenge the way we, as females, think about ourselves, as well as encourage us to empower one another. In the yoga sessions led by yogi Ms. Joseph, the Zumba session led by Ms. Vale, the Muay Thai self-defence lesson from Rommel (Milton Muay Thai) with the assistance of Hana and Maddie, and the workshop on female empowerment led by Mrs. May-Giron and her grade 11s, one couldn’t help notice the smiles, laughter, strength and power present in our girls.
In the spirit of female empowerment, check out these short (but totally effective) videos shown on Friday night:
Nike’s Dream Crazier - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whpJ19RJ4JY
Dove Selfie: Defefining beauty one photo at a time - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3agBWqGfRo
Dove: Choose beautiful - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DdM-4siaQw
Bodies: Ask Amy Poehler - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOWqSPJZtmA
A big thank you goes out to Ms Vale, Ms Sakran and Ms Ellerson for working tirelessly to put on such an amazing event. As well, a huge shout-out goes out to the grade 11s who helped run and support the activities throughout the evening. The grade 11 girls were strong leaders and the primary executors of the activities throughout the night. GNI is an initiative run by students for the students. The leaders did an amazing job connecting with the girls, providing hilarious comedy, and excellent approaches to enhance relationships between girls of all grades, and provided wonderful opportunities for the girls to engage in positive self talk.
It was a truly magical moment during the Move N Groove portion of the night when all girls at the event were letting loose and grooving to the music. It was a chance for girls to be silly, and let go of all of the stresses and expectations that come with being a highschool student, and just be free to be who they are. The magnetic energy throughout the event is still coursing through our veins, and we cannot wait to see this event grow further next year!
It’s amazing to see the amount of support that our community has, and the important relationships built because of events like these.
GNI was supported by many local vendors, including:
Blyth Education (International Summers)
Bodacious Bath Bombs
BR Athletic Department
BR’s Parent Council
Chef Manny Inc.
Milton Muay Thai
Move ‘n’ Groove (Moving Edgeducation Inc.)
Mrs. B’s Gift House
Speak up Grant - HCDSB & Ministry of Education
Stella & Dot (from Ms. Novelo)
Sweet Cheeks (bakery)
Town of Milton