St Mary’s University College, Twickenham, was the venue for the Great Generation Conference that took place on Wednesday 12 October.
Over 250 young people from 17 schools across the South East came together to explore sport, development and peace from a global justice perspective in the lead up to the Olympics and Paralympics. They left inspired and equipped to act in solidarity with some of the the poorest communities throughout the world, driven by their values and faith.
It was a day of entertainment and activities, flash mobs and speakers. A unique “Question of Sport”, and an opportunity to hear from Olympians hoping to take part in London 2012, including 800 metre runner Andrew Osagie.
Five schools attended from the Brentwood Diocese – St Angela’s and St Angela’s & St Bonaventure’s 6th Form, Forest Gate, St Benedict’s, Colchester, St Bernard’s, Westcliff and St Thomas More, Westcliff.
Two of our education volunteers, Peter Jones and Linda Orr, also attended the conference and will be working with the above schools throughout the year.
It was also great to see teams from Walsingham House and St Vincent’s leading the sessions alongside students from St Mary’s. Michael (Walsingham House) and Jules (St Vincent’s) were brilliant MCs keeping the whole day running smoothly.
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