This week: International Women’s Day, Dance Evening, 6 March.
International Women’s Day
We celebrated International Women’s Day by decorating the foyer in two of the suffragette colours, purple and white. Students raised money for their chosen charity, Beauty Bank, and there were several activities in school which reminded us of women’s contribution to the world.
In the library, Ms Green displayed books by and about women. She had given an excellent presentation in assembly last week to celebrate World Book Day, and she tied this in with International Women’s Day by introducing us to a fantastic range of books by and about women around the world. She is creating a booklist as part of our celebration of the day.
In Art, we found out about some of the great women artists who have been successful despite a real lack of education and opportunities. I felt full of admiration for the tiny number of women artists who made a living through their art in the 17th and 18th centuries - quite remarkable!
In English students are reading and analysing inspiring speeches by women – Emma Gonzalez on gun laws in the US, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: “We should all be Feminists”, Oprah Winfrey’s Golden Globes speech and many moving talks from the “Me Too” and “Times Up” movement.
In DT Year 8 girls learnt about the challenges faced by women inventors and how they turned their hand at creating products and devices to improve and better the world we live in. Pupils are invited to enter the competition:
International Women’s Day 2018 Celebration at Camden Council
Young Camden women were invited to network with women who have successful careers and either live or work in the borough.
This included representatives from the Francis Crick Institute, the British Library, Central Saint Martins and start-ups in the borough, along with a range of others. The students heard from these women about their career journeys, what routes they took to get to where they are and had the opportunity to ask questions.
Dance Evening, 6 March
On Tuesday we enjoyed thrilling performances by students in years 7 - 11 as participants in our Dance Evening.
Year 7 has been working hard on large group dances, in which they needed to think carefully about their position in relation to others, remember their own moves and follow the music - not easy at all and particularly nerve-wracking in front of an audience of family and friends! There were classical pieces, street, hip-hop and tap dancing and it was clear throughout the evening that the girls had worked extremely hard in lessons, with their teachers and on their own.
Finally, I must mention the Year 11 students who were performing in front of the cameras for their GCSE assessment. They were confident, well-rehearsed and inventive, putting huge energy and enthusiasm into every move. Good luck, Year 11!
Many thanks to all the performers, to Ms Devine and Ms Prince for making it happen and to Lu for all her work with the students and for introducing each act, and many thanks to the audience for providing an appreciative response!