Ordinary women can do extraordinary things

The Prep Department enjoyed an awesome assembly on Thursday by Ms Barnes on International Women's Day, the global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

She highlighted the main aims of the day:

  1. To celebrate the achievements of women around the world
  2. To encourage action on issues of gender inequality
  3. To empower women and girls around the world

Ms Barnes profiled four different women, who are all hugely inspirational; two well know women and two friends of hers, both incredible women:

Malala Yousafzai a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner.

Emmeline Pankhurst a political activist and leader of the suffragette movement who helped women win the right to vote.

Meg Dyos a two time world record holder for being part of the all female crew to row across the Pacific Ocean. 

Ms Izzy Noel-Smith a Women's England Rugby player and teacher at The Paragon (know affectionately by the younger children as Miss SnowFish)

Ms Barnes interviewed her two friends and shared the video with the Paragon pupils.

Meg, who had never rowed before in her life, applied to row across the Pacific Ocean, never thinking she would be picked. She was selected to row because of her mindset and determination, and accompanied the crew on their final leg from Samoa to Cairns. In the video to The Paragon pupils, she spoke about never giving up when things are difficult and making sure you work hard to get to where you want to be.

Ms Noel-Smith is currently training for the England game against France this weekend in the Six Nations. She also sent a message to the pupils, in which she explained how you have to continue to work hard and never take the easy option. She emphasised the importance of practicing your skills in lunch time and most importantly to make sure you are enjoying yourself.

We feel very honoured to have someone like Ms Noel-Smith teaching and inspiring our pupils.

Both are hugely inspirational women who I am privileged to know. I'm sure there are plenty of amazing people in all the pupils' lives, from their mum, to an aunt or even a family friend. Wishing everyone a happy International Women's Day!

Ms Barnes