We enjoyed two different assemblies this week. On Tuesday, we were inspired by Cherry Gough’s reflections on the role that women must fill in the boardroom. The importance of diversity and the alternative perspective that women and other underrepresented groups bring to problem solving made us all reflect on ways in which our world can improve further not just for women but for humanity. As an enthusiastic supporter of the transferable skills that players of team sports can bring to work teams, I was particularly impressed by one sentence Cherry used, when referring to the imbalance of men and women in industry, “You cannot win with half a team!”.
Our second assembly was the extraordinary Juilliard launch. Our partnership with Nord Anglia Education has made this exciting project possible, with superb support from our own Laura Rea. The collaboration with Juilliard, the leading Performing Arts school in New York, will open new pathways for our ambitious children to explore. The Creative Economy, which includes diverse branches of the entertainment, music and film industries is a fast growing global economy. It is clearly evident from Friday’s performances we have the talent to make the very most of the opportunity of collaborating with Juilliard, a global leader in the creative world. This relationship may well open the door for some of our children who wish to enter into the dynamic burgeoning creative economy.
Finally, congratulations to all of the students who are involved in our most diverse extracurricular activity programme to date. This week has seen more students involved in sporting, creative and practical pursuits than ever before. You can read more about the ECA programme in Mark Atkinson’s hub piece.
Tim Webb, Head of Secondary