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Manchester High School for Girls


Pupils at Manchester High School for Girls are encouraged to ditch their diffidence and celebrate their own achievements during the School’s annual ‘Blow Your Own Trumpet’ week between 14th and 18th May.

Coinciding with Mental Health Awareness Week, girls will be learning about the value of celebrating their own accomplishments and given tools to boost their own self-esteem.

Mrs Goddard, Deputy Head Mistress (Pastoral), explained:

“Here at Manchester High, we have an excellent well-being programme which builds confidence and character; qualities that girls need to flourish in all aspects of their lives.  Pupils are encouraged to step out of their comfort zone and learn new things about themselves.  

“Our ‘Blow Your Own Trumpet’ week does just that; talking about their own successes helps students feel good about themselves. Having that sense of purpose and feeling valued all have a positive effect on mental health.”

The girls’ accomplishments will be highlighted throughout the week; special assemblies are being held around confidence, self-belief and their link to mental health. Pupils will be creating displays of their own achievements around school, and lunch time vox pops give the girls a platform to share their success stories with their peers.

Mrs Goddard added: “Recognising your own personal triumphs improves motivation, releases happiness and inspires others. That said, ‘Blow Your Own Trumpet’ week is not just about marking personal achievements. We teach our girls that being able to function well individually as well as in relationships has an impact on wellbeing, and supporting those around you is uplifting in itself.”

And as for tips on how to look after yourself in ‘Blow Your Own Trumpet’ style, Mrs Goddard has this advice: “Go and do something you’re good at; you will enjoy yourself and it will give you a sense of accomplishment. Accept who you are, make positive statements about yourself out loud and you will achieve a sense of enormous wellbeing. This confidence boost can make all the difference to how you feel.”



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