12 March 2019
All day, around school, we took time to talk, share, laugh, discuss, learn and grow together, as we celebrated another inspiring International Women’s Day!
We began during Form time and assemblies, with staff sharing their own inspirational icons, ranging from Malala Yousafzai, Activist, to Amal Clooney, International law and Human Rights barrister, to their own family and Mothers.
We invited Leila Herandi, a theatrical Performer with Odd Arts, to run a range of thought provoking Drama workshops throughout the day. These sessions gave all our students the opportunity to explore the rights of women and provided informative discussion points on equality and community.
Our 'CHS Young Interpreters Club' impressively gave up their break time to share amazing family stories of the women that have inspired them, helping to promote culture and experiences from around the world.
Our Period Poverty Ambassadors also continued to inform students and staff about the 'Red Box Project', an ongoing drive to help end period poverty in schools. Plan International UK, a children's rights charity, found that 49% of girls have missed at least one full day of school due to their period and 68% said they were unable to pay attention in class, and we are working to raise awareness and to help tackle this issue.
In February, under the direction of our Whole School Council, a ‘Red Box’ donation box was set up in the reception of our school to collect sanitary products in order to distribute them throughout our local community. During International Women’s Day, we were extremely excited and privileged to make our very first #PeriodPoverty donation! Our student representatives travelled to Barlow RC High School, Didsbury, and St Paul’s High School, Wythenshawe, to meet, support and deliver these products to their fellow learners.
To conclude this amazing day, our Year 7 students enjoyed an afternoon Oracy session provided by our English Department, celebrating some remarkable, powerful and world changing figures and achievements throughout history!