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Power of Women visit Ampleforth

Tuesday 25 June brought forty-four primary school students from Middlesborough for an ‘Inspiration Day’ at the College as part of a Primary School Ambassador Programme.  This is one of the initiatives set up by Power of Women campaign, which was formed in response to the charity Plan International UK’s 2016 report identifying Middlesbrough as the ‘worst place to be a girl.’ Their mission is simple: to improve the lives of young people in the Tees Valley and beyond by elevating aspirations, ensuring equal opportunities for all students, and smashing gender stereotypes. 

The programme takes young leaders and promotes a more inclusive future where aspirations have no bounds and Ampleforth College was more than happy to lend our facilities, staff, and students to give these young ambassadors an inspirational day. The students rotated through four activities, led by staff and our Middle Sixth students. The activities included Art, where the students looked at the work of Frida Kahlo and then completed their own block printing. Drama gave them the opportunity to express themselves as they engaged in a variety of theatre activities. Things went with a bang in Science, as Mr Howard created an explosive demonstration, and then the students moved on to see Physics in action, learning how to bend water. All of that was topped off with team building and problem-solving activities with our well-drilled Combined Cadet Forces team. Our students were truly great ambassadors for the College, living our Benedictine values and making our visitors feel very welcome. The feedback from the visiting primary schools, and our Power of Women partners, demonstrated just how worthwhile the event had been, providing valuable, long-lasting memories and inspiration to our young visitors

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