1. About breaking down boundaries
2. Impact actual day - deep
3. Potential ongoing impact - limited
Ms. Blais - School Nurse
It was a powerful day for those of us that participated in Challenge Day. It was an opportunity to explore inner feelings of oneself, who we are, how we treat others etc. My hope is that all who attended Challenge Day would somehow keep the â€œinner fireâ€ burning by bringing it to those who did not participate.
Mrs. Buddo - Head of Guidance
- an incredible â€˜bondingâ€ experience for those involved
- an â€œeye openerâ€ to the problems/hurdles/roadblocks that face many students
- emotionally draining for some - as a result of this impact - the continuing role of the mentors is invaluable
I feel it is about being open to change and new ideas. It is a chance to meet new people and talk from the heart, really being â€œyouâ€. It is a chance to grow into the future base on your experiences in the past - negative or positive.
It was a positive life experience for all of us, especially students because it was cross-generational so that we all became aware of the difficult experiences others were/had been having. Yes...even teachers and principals face pain and challenges in life.
Sr. Constable Gazzola
- Challenge Day is a good experience
- my one concern is the intensity of the â€œcrossing the lineâ€ segment - many of the students do not appear prepared for that level of intensity
- to have a longer lasting impact of the school perhaps some type of â€œafter sessionâ€ would be good
- overall very worthwhile
1. About facing our inner being. Acknowledging who we are, where we come from and what we fear.
2. Opens emotional channels in a safe environment. Follow up throughout the year is excellent! More opportunities perhaps for deep sharing for some.
3. Difficult to judge school impact at this point. Let it grow!
Ms. Green - Addiction Counsellor
Challenge Day is about breaking down walls between us, encouraging us to appreciate the similarities we have and celebrating our differences - not condemning each other for them. The day appeared to have an extremely positive impact on the students and I believe should continue to be presented and implemented in schools.
Challenge Day is about questioning yourself and the impact your experiences have on your own outlook on life. It seeks to go beyond stereotypes.
Students chosen were not always the ones who needed it - maybe look at clarifying the selection process (Too many well adjusted!) While students liked and benefited from the day - short term - I don't know if they were able to gain long term.
The day itself was an inspiring time. To see barriers broken down and people coming together as a community was a wonderful experience. The problem though is that we all returned to CCVI where the other 1500 people had not shared the same experience. Thus, it becomes very difficult to keep the experience alive. Perhaps once a month (or 6 weeks) we should have a â€œreunionâ€ of Challenge Day participants. While the student mentors are great, expecting them to carry the load when many in the class have not been to Challenge Day is perhaps unrealistic.
I thought that Challenge Day was excellent in that it taught people to look beyond themselves to care for others. It also taught those there to see beyond the outward appearance, encouraging them instead to better understand and empathize with others.