International Women’s Day, a focal point in the movement of women’s rights, is always a very poignant event in our Senior School calendar. On Friday 6th March, girls in Year 7-13 demonstrated their creativity by dressing as the trailblazing women that they feel have been most significant in the advancement of women’s rights. It was wonderful to see such an array of iconic female figures in school, from Greta Thunberg to Emily Davidson to our very own Head Girl; a handful of Year 13 pupils dressed in tribute to the outgoing 2019/20 Head Girl, Katie Dixon! Hundreds of iconic women were represented who have clearly made a positive impact on NHSG girls.

In addition to the inspirational female dress-code, girls gave donations of feminine hygiene products for Newcastle Integrated Domestic Abuse Services and The People’s Kitchen as part of our Free Period campaign. The generosity of our community is always overwhelming when it comes to charitable gestures and International Women’s Day 2020 was no exception.

During assembly, pupils had the opportunity to hear from Professor Ruth Plummer, Professor of Experimental Cancer Medicine at Newcastle University. Ruth is also a long-standing member of our school community and one of our inspiring alumnae, as well as a member of the NHSG school governing board. She delivered an eye-opening assembly on her career path which has led her to developing innovative cancer treatments for patients. She is currently director of the Sir Bobby Robson Cancer trials Research Centre, sits on the Cancer Research UK Science Funding committee and chairs the Cancer Research UK New Agents Committee. She has achieved her dream of making an impact in the field of Medicine and talked of how, with the right support and hard work, your future is in your own hands. We would like to thank Ruth for giving up her valuable time to illuminate the complexities of cancer research with NHSG girls, and also for presenting the prizes for our annual International Women’s Day competition.

Each year, Senior School girls are invited to submit a piece of work that epitomises the women they admire most, with the prizes awarded at our International Women’s Day assembly. As always, the standard of competition was extremely high and the task of judging was not an easy one.

Congratulations to our 2020 winners who will receive book tokens as a result of a generous donation from our prize sponsor Mrs Margaret Vane.

1st place – Aania Ahmad, Inari Bari-Jones, Lucy Grey and Maz Ogunkoya (Year 7) for their video entry on heroic women throughout history (winners pictured above with Professor Ruth Plummer)

2nd place – Minnie Dobson (Year 9) for her intricate book sculpture inspired by Louise May Alcott.

3rd place – Angela Lu (Year 9) for her emotive video on Malala Yousafzai.

Well done to everyone that took part in the competition and the day’s activities.

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