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Manchester High School for Girls


On Wednesday 21st September Manchester High’s entire Year 12 descended on the UKFast Campus for a day of personal discovery. 

The morning started with a series of team building exercises, aimed at helping the girls bond together, not just for support during their crucial Sixth Form years but into adulthood.

The day also encouraged girls to explore vital 21st century skills, such as resilience, pragmatism and relaxation.

Mr Vance, Head of Year 12, commented, “One of the hallmarks of the Sixth Form at Manchester High is just how supportive the girls are of each other. During two such important years there will inevitably be times when girls feel the pressure, however, the environment we have created here at MHSG is one where our students form friendships for life and can rely on each other to build each other back up at times of self-doubt and worry.”

First to take to the stage in the UKFast Auditorium was Laura Earnshaw. A former pupil and current governor of Manchester High, Laura related exactly to how the girls were feeling at the start of their Sixth Form journey and eased tensions by busting a dance move or two with Year 12's, Sarah. As we say, the governors here at MHSG do rock! 

Sarah shows governor, Laura Earnshaw her moves!

As former Head of Global Talent and Diversity at AstraZeneca, Laura’s talk, ‘Stepping Up to Stand Out’ prompted the girls to identify their own character strengths and think about how they could develop them to create a personal brand to really sell themselves on a UCAS application, at a job interview or for anything else in life!

Naomi Timperley, a well-known face in the business press, who famously turned down an offer from Deborah Meaden on Dragon’s Den, was next to share her words of wisdom. An advocate for TechNorth, a network of digital leaders, innovators and investors, Naomi has recently been named as part of the Maserati100; an accolade acknowledging those who actively support young entrepreneurs.

Visual minutes were drawn throughout the day

Naomi’s talk, ‘The Art of Good Connections’ focused on how girls should use their personal networks, foster strong relationships and ‘pay it forward’. She reminded girls of the simple message that, “The more people you talk to, the more opportunities are going to come your way.”

To wrap up, the girls enjoyed an hour of yoga, meditation and mindfulness. They reflected on themes such as participation, passion and patience that had all been captured by the day’s amazing visual minute takers. The visual minutes now hang proudly in the Sixth Form Centre as a reminder to the girls of the day’s events.

Alexandra, a Year 12 student, commented: “I’m going to embrace all of the life lessons from today. Both speakers were seriously inspiring and the added touches of yoga and the visual minutes were really special.

"It was an extremely pleasant change from a regular day and we all have so many hints and tips that we can put into practice.”

Arlene Bulfin, Director of People Development at UKFast, said: “I’m so pleased the MHSG girls were able to soak up the vibe and culture we have here at UKFast. There were plenty of young women in the room that day that we would certainly hire; the energy coming from the auditorium was just fantastic.

“We’re most proud of the relationship we have with Manchester High School for Girls and are really looking forward to this academic year.”

Click here to view all images from the day on the MHSG Flickr account. 

Look out for the December issue of High Flyer for more insight into the day.