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Manchester High School for Girls

Action-packed day of inspiration for Junior Sixth

The start of Sixth Form can bring many changes. With new faces, increased independence and even some new subjects, it is important that pupils settle into the next phase of their educational journey quickly.

To mark this new chapter, students in the Junior Sixth embarked on an away day to UKFast Campus to get to know their new classmates and set some personal goals for the next two years.

Mrs Norton introduces the day of activities

Mrs Norton, Director of Sixth Form Studies, opened the day by asking pupils to think about what they wanted to achieve during their time at Manchester High and how they might overcome any challenges that crop up along the way.

In her welcome address, Mrs Norton said: “There is no getting away from the fact that A-levels are hard. They are designed to challenge you, but however much you might grow intellectually over the next two years, it is also incredibly important how you develop as people, so that you are prepared for life beyond Manchester High. Take some time today to think hard about where you want to be in two years, five years and 10 years’ time. Set some goals and think about what you need to do in order to reach them.”

Annette Kurer leading her 'Worrier to Warrior' session

After a thought-provoking introduction, Mrs Norton welcomed Annette Kurer (Class of 1980) to the stage. Annette is a global leadership consultant and motivational speaker who is passionate about helping women to become their best authentic selves. After qualifying as a dentist, Annette moved into the corporate world and worked at Pearl and Dean Publishing before joining Unilever, where she managed Calvin Klein’s global fragrance business.

Annette’s presentation, ‘Worrier to Warrior’, focussed on transferable skills and why it is important for women and girls to have the confidence to speak out and be heard. After discussing her own personal transformation and how she has built a successful career, Annette spoke about how to deliver an effective presentation, which was incredibly well received by pupils and staff alike.

Following an inspiring and action-packed morning, the afternoon session began with a period of calm. A meditation workshop led by Louis from the Manchester Buddhist Centre, introduced girls to the ‘mindfulness of breathing’, which aims to help them keep calm when stress levels rise.


At the end of the day, Mrs Norton thanked girls for being open to the ideas presented to them and encouraged them to give their all throughout the next two years.

To see all the photos from the day, please visit our Flickr page.