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Fairfield Celebrates International Women’s Day 2022

As the only girls school in Tameside it is no surprise that international women’s day is celebrated so enthusiastically and fervently at Fairfield HSG. Mrs Chaudhry, the schools Careers Lead, organised a variety of inspirational opportunities. Mrs Chaudhry said “it is really important for me to give young women truly thought provoking experiences which challenge stereotypes and encourage young women to follow their dreams”. Over the week year 7 pupils had the opportunity to visit a motor sport event in Manchester.

We took 14 Year 7 pupils to the ‘Girls on Track UK’ event, as part of International Women’s Day on Tuesday 8th March at Team Sport’s in Trafford. The initiative is managed by Motorsport UK with an aim to inspire, connect and showcase females in motorsport. Pupils completed a range of activities throughout the day, including building and coding Lego race car, practising pit stop routines, brief CPR training and go karting. Pupils also got the opportunity to meet Sarah Moore, a professional racer in the W Series and Ariana Bravo, Formula 1 presenter.


Two pupils who attended said;

“It was so cool! There were lots of activities throughout the day and we especially enjoyed the go karting. We met Sarah Moore and found our about her career in motorsport. It has inspired us to go back and carry on with the karting” 

In addition, on Tuesday March 15th we held an Inspiring Women Careers Speed networking event in school for all year 8 pupils. They had the opportunity to speak to women from a range of backgrounds doing all kinds of careers and professions, helping to break gender stereotypes. Twelve fantastic women volunteered two hours of their time to motivate, inspire and encourage our pupils to think big and aim high when making college and career choices. They discussed their education and career pathway as well as answering questions on what they do now. The volunteers were from a variety of careers fields, such as Managing Directors, Software Engineer, Fashions Stylist and a Deputy Superintendent Registrar to name but a few.

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Photo above features Mrs Chaudhry (far left) featuring the inspirational women invited to the speed networking event


The event was a fantastic success with pupils saying;

“We heard from women about their careers and the challenges that they had overcome, finding out about their career paths has given us something to aspire to and they gave some great advice about studying at school, it also opened our eyes to how many different career pathways there are” Sureya, Lily and Faith.


The female career professionals said;

“I really enjoyed the morning and appreciated the opportunity to meet the inspiring young women at your school!”
“The girls were engaged and it was a fun day in which I think the girls got some useful and invaluable insight into working life.”

 

Mrs Bateman, Headteacher at Fairfield High School for Girls said, “it is crucial that we prepare our pupils for the world of work and beyond. Inspiring them to be the best version of themselves. As Estee Lauder said, “I never dreamed of success, I worked for it”, and this is the mind-set that we want our girls to adopt.”

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