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North Bridge House Schools Press for Progress this International Women’s Day 2018

This 2018, one hundred years since women won the vote and thus NBH Year of the Girl, International Women’s Day was bigger and better than ever at North Bridge House. From wearing purple to represent the campaign for gender equality, to paying tribute to the female role models in their lives, teachers and pupils across our five co-ed schools joined forces to celebrate female achievement and press for progress.

The day saw a variety of social, fundraising and learning activities take place in and out of classrooms from Nursery through to Sixth Form. Building on the themes of NBH Year of the Girl, in which the school is promoting female roles and achievements through various guest speakers and workshops, boys and girls were inspired by teachers dressed in the colours of the suffragette movement to appreciate equal opportunities.

Pupils as well as teachers sported something purple to identify with the cause and raise funds for Care International, and posed with IWD statement selfie cards. From children with purple-sprayed hair to teachers with purple nail polish, the North Bridge House community came together to empower women and girls and help them to fulfil their potential.

It was not just about wearing purple, though. As with many everyday school activities, the aim of our IWD celebrations was to encourage students to maintain a gender parity mindset and believe in themselves to be who they want to be and achieve what they want to achieve, regardless of how they identify.

We believe that in order for both girls and boys to realise their potential and pursue their aspirations, their eyes should be opened to all opportunities from the outset. As such, our Key Stage 1 pupils at NBH Pre-Prep enjoyed a special, pre-ordered delivery of Little Miss Inventor books on International Women’s Day. With Science Week just around the corner, the new addition to the Mr Men and Little Miss series positively promotes girls in STEM and encourages young children to consider careers from a gender neutral perspective.

To add a personal and sentimental touch to the landmark day, children and teachers at the Nursery and Pre-Prep Schools also submitted photos of and words about the important women in their lives. These have been collated to form one large poster montage, which spells ‘IWD,’ and a special tribute video.

As our pupils continue to support progress towards gender parity, motivated and united in their school communities to think, act and be gender inclusive, Collegiate Head Mr Taylor says:

“Our focus is not on separating the genders but on educating them. And part of that education is helping them better understand how to interact with and work alongside the opposite sex. It’s why our Senior Hampstead, Senior Canonbury and Prep School boys together attend the ‘Better Men’ workshop, which teaches boys about the importance of gender equality, whilst the girls benefit from confidence and self belief workshops. It’s why our Prep and Senior School prefects, house captains and positions of responsibility include a female counterpart for every male role and vice versa.”

“It’s why we believe that a co-education is, quite simply, the best preparation for the young men and women of tomorrow,” he concludes.

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