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Manchester High School for Girls

Trailblazing academic launches Prep Discovery Passport

On Wednesday 18th September, the Preparatory Department launched its Discovery Passport scheme with a visit from the trailblazing academic and adventurer, Janet Momsen (Class of 1957).

The new Discovery Passport, for girls from Reception to Year 6, encourages pupils to take part in a variety of new activities both inside and outside of the classroom, such as walking, cycling, first aid and skateboarding.

Janet studied Geography at Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford from 1959, the year when Oxford’s female colleges were granted full collegiate status. At university, Janet founded the Women’s Exploration Society, as women were not allowed to join the well-established Oxford University Expedition Society at the time.

These early experiences led to research in gender and development, tourism andwomen and agriculture. Her work has seen her live and work in Canada, Costa Rica California, Malaysia, Brazil, Singapore, South Africa, Mexico, Hungary, Nigeria India, Germany and the Caribbean. Girls listened intently to Janet’s life story and many expressed their desire to travel the world in the future.

Mrs Mortimer, Head of the Preparatory Department, said: “It was a pleasure to have Janet with us for the launch of our Discovery Passport. The scheme will challenge girls to try new activities and develop important life skills such as resilience, problem solving and critical thinking. We will be sharing more details with pupils in class, but I am so grateful to Janet for helping to excite the girls’ passion for exploration.”