How Withington Girls’ School prepare their pupils for the real world

Beasts and beauties

Beasts and beauties - Credit: Archant

While schools remain closed, here’s a nice reminder of the kind of work Withington Girls’ School do to prepare their pupils for the future

International Women's Day

International Women's Day - Credit: Archant

Beasts and Beauties

Beasts and Beauties, a retelling of some of Europe’s best-known tales, was Withington Girls’ School’s recent annual production, with 67 actors from Years 7 to 13 performing five short plays, including the Brothers Grimm tale of Blue Beard, the well-loved French folktale of Beauty and the Beast, and the comedy satire, The Emperor’s New Clothes.

The production provided the opportunity for two Sixth Form pupils to make their directorial debuts and involved shadow puppetry performed by pupils and staff backstage. An original musical score, written by staff and pupils, was played live, synching seamlessly with the storylines to create atmosphere and substance to the drama being enacted. Also supporting the show was a team of pupils who provided lighting, impressive special effects and technical wizardry.

Headmistress Mrs Sarah Haslam says: ‘It was a delight to see the result of so many months of great teamwork, imagination, ingenuity and commitment. We are very proud indeed of what our pupils and staff have created and achieved together.’ Beasts and Beauties was adapted by Carol Ann Duffy and dramatised by Melly Still and Tim Supple. By arrangement with Knight Hall Agency Ltd.

Kea Bell

Kea Bell - Credit: Archant

Withington’s International Women’s Day celebrations

Withington celebrated International Women’s Day (IWD) 2020 with a series of inspirational and thought-provoking workshops that encapsulated this year’s theme of #EachforEqual. Twenty five speakers - members of Withington’s alumnae, parent community and local business representatives - volunteered their time to deliver a series of empowering, equality-themed talks to Year 12s, with former pupil Joëlle Warren, MBE and Vice-Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire, presenting an insightful keynote speech on Collective Individualism.

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In a series of interactive small-group sessions, in keeping with this year’s IWD key message that “an equal world is an enabled world”, the Sixth Formers were able to take away valuable lessons designed to equip them for their future lives and careers.

Mayor’s Youth Panel Appointment for WGS Head Girl

Withington’s Head Girl, Kea Bell, has been appointed as a member of the Greater Manchester Youth Combined Authority - a panel of young people representing the 10 boroughs and various communities of Greater Manchester who advise GMCA Mayor, Andy Burnham, on key issues and concerns of young people, and offer solutions to those concerns.

Kea says that there is a very strong sense within the panel that their ideas and advice will be listened to and will influence the policies and activities of the Office of the Mayor. She says: ‘It has really sparked my interest in politics and it’s exciting to know that it can make a real difference to people’s lives.’

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