International Women’s Day is an important date on the calendar at Saint Paul’s. Staff and pupils took the time out to recognise the vital contribution women make worldwide while highlighting the issues that still impact upon them in many parts of the world.
As part of the day’s celebrations, girls in years 7, 8, 9 and 10 took part in a special assembly which involved speakers from Manchester Airport and Manchester College. Tricia Williams, Director of Customer Services at Manchester Airport, delivered a session on "Raising Girl's Aspirations" and Graham Shervin, Manchester College, held a myth busting session on careers for women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.
Mrs Claire Hunt, Assistant Headteacher, said: “All around the world, International Women's Day represents an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women while calling for greater equality. Make It Happen is the 2015 theme for International Day, encouraging effective action for advancing and recognising women. We are seeking to inspire tomorrow’s generation of women starting with developing confident, self-assured pupils. At Saint Paul’s, we want to raise our pupils’ aspirations and their self-esteem, thereby enabling them to realise their full potential.”
As a school, we work together to encourage powerful girls who will grow up to lead full, valuable live,.” explained Head Teacher, Mrs Fiona Minshall. “We want to develop powerful girls who grow up feeling secure in themselves. We want them to take action, make positive choices about their own lives and do positive things for others. We want to create powerful girls who feel good about themselves and grow up with a “can-do” attitude.