On Tuesday 24th April, 60 girls in Year 7 and 8 enjoyed workshops exploring women who change the world. The presenter from ‘as creatives’ had them on their feet recreating pivotal moments from the lives of environmentalist Guara Devi, equal pay activist Rose Boland (depicted in the film and musical Made In Dagenham) and peace activist Mairead Maguire.
Pupils then wrote poems celebrating the changes these women brought about as well as the inequalities that remain in society in 2018.
Here is a small sample of the poems:
Brave Guara Devi had fought
For the things her mother had taught.
The logging men came for all the trees
But the women’s chain wouldn’t break with ease.
By Blessing (Year 7)
Guara Devi, so strong and brave,
Stood in front of the trees she was trying to save.
Saving the trees was her desire.
Her mother’s words led her to inspire.
By Niamh (Year 8)
Mairead Maguire, the brave female.
Back then, she couldn’t just send an email.
She made a speech which was very inspirational.
She thought about the women: that’s sensational.
By Winta (Year 7)
Rose Boland is strong and brave.
Many women’s rights she fought to save.
She wanted them paid the same as men
And now we are fighting the fight again.
By Zara (Year 7)
In the second session, all 60 girls took part in a frenetic trading game which developed skills essential in business and science careers. These included prioritisation, logical thinking, speculation informed by evidence, accuracy and precision. Although it was a game everyone took it very seriously, turning it into a tense and memorable experience.