NEW YEAR, EXCITING NEW CHALLENGES
As the chilly winds of winter blow across the playground, it is heartening to see our girls start the January term with such energy and excitement.
It is hard to believe that our youngest pupils in our Reception classes only started school a few months ago; they have been seen confidently showing their parents around the school during their first Dine with Your Daughter event last term, and heard reading aloud to their ‘School Sisters’ in Year 6. It is clear that they now seem perfectly at home in their surroundings.
At the end of last term, I was interviewed by pupils about what they thought my job entailed. It was both fascinating and amusing to see what they thought a Headteacher might do with her day:
“Her job is having work and she talks about teddies when we come to her office,” one pupil described. Another thought: “Mrs Nash works very hard and then she tells the big girls to do work.”
I was also described as deciding what the teachers can do in their classrooms. All delightful ideas. On being asked what their ambitions were for the future, they were vocal in their enthusiasm for being a doctor, a teacher, a lorry driver and a horse!
Such exuberance and zest for life is encouraged here at School, just like L M Montgomery writes in Anne of Green Gables;
“Oh, it's delightful to have ambitions. I'm so glad I have such a lot. And there never seems to be any end to them- that's the best of it. Just as soon as you attain to one ambition you see another one glittering higher up still. It does make life so interesting.”
To have goals as a woman in the 21st Century, and also to be ambitious for those around me, L M Montgomery’s words ring very true. I am excited by the potential I see in each one of our girls; including our Reception pupils as we guide them through the first stages of a warm, thorough and aspirational education.
The breadth and bespoke nature of the education that a school such as Manchester High School for Girls can provide for its pupils builds ambition. Girls have fun whilst receiving a first-class academic grounding and, within weeks, we can see that our new girls feel settled and inspired in peer groups that love learning.
Feeling secure, girls feel more confident and start to develop the essential skills of contemporary life; resilience, intellectual curiosity and independence of thought, and the ability to clearly articulate an opinion.
A very happy new year to all of our girls, at whatever stage of your learning journey you are on. I look forward very much to seeing you achieve your goals.