In year 8 girls pastoral we have begun our next topic which is titled ‘Outstanding women.’ The students are encouraged to reflect on examples of outstanding women both that are in the public arena such as Malala Yousafzai, Rosa Parks, Amelia Earhart as well as personal examples of outstanding women in their own lives who would be considered to be outstanding women. We then work through the idea of what would make you an outstanding woman? Is it by the work that you do? Is it by standing up for what you believe is right? Is it by the life that you live? Is it by the legacy you leave behind? Is it in the way that we raise our children? Is it through inspiring others to do more and be more? Is it being brave and doing things well outside your comfort zone? The students are encouraged to interview women around them that they consider to be outstanding, and then they present this back to the class. Through their research the students are seeking to find out what moments shaped these outstanding women, how did they overcome obstacles in their way, and what lessons can we learn from them?
by Liz Cutter, Year 8 Girls’ Level Co-ordinator