This term saw the launch of Stretch, a weekly academic enrichment programme for the entire school. The girls in L4-L5 (Years 7-9) follow a compulsory programme of activities such as astronomy, thinking skills, experimental art, discovering the news and the great egg challenge while the older girls will have a choice of courses including ethics and science, Socratic discussion and UK political issues.
As part of the Stretch programme, motivational speaker Mandy Hickson engaged the whole school with a talk in Harvey Hall. Mandy’s introductory film had the auditorium pinned to their chairs with G-force as pupils watched former Royal Air Force pilot Mandy flying a Tornado jet in different scenarios. Mandy then spoke about the importance of following your dream and pursuing different routes to achieve this goal. Pupils and staff alike were captivated. Director of studies Mrs Burns-Cox said ‘Her honest and humorous stories were not only entertaining but often very emotional and you could not help but feel inspired’.