10 Key Stage 4 and 5 pupils are on an international Study Tour to Singapore and Malaysia. Their first stop to Singapore involved successful participation at the Model United Nations conference at the United World College South East Asia, a day at the British High Commission and facilitating Girl Leading workshops during visits to schools. Currently in Malaysia, they are looking forward to taking part in more visits to schools to find out more about student leadership and pupil voice, meeting powerful youth groups and campaigners, visiting the Malaysian Parliament and exploring cultural attractions.
School will be closed on Friday 18th October 2019 for INSET day.
This will be followed by Half Term from 21st to 25th October 2019.
We wish all our students, staff and their families a restful break.
On Tuesday the 15th October, 28 sixth form students will be attending an evening of discussion, inspiration and celebration at ‘Trailblazers: Women Leading the Way’. Organised by Intelligence Squared and gal-dem zine, a range of panellists including singer Corinne Bailey Rae, journalist Mishal Hussain and author Yomi Adegoke will be discussing what it means to be a women of colour in power today. This will be a great opportunity for our sixth formers to hear from leading pioneers in their respective professions, and forms a part of our whole-school Black History month celebrations.
On Wednesday 25th September 2019, the Mulberry Schools Trust celebrated a special event that recognised over 600 years of collective long service to state education by teachers and support staff. Watch the video highlights below and read more about the event here.
Recruitment has begun for Equaliteach Second Thoughts programme. Students from each year group will be selected to take part in the Equaliteach workshops. The workshops will be held in November and December. Upon completing the critical thinking workshops students will become ambassadors for equality and diversity.
Year 10 students will visit Florida for a Model United Nations connference from 20th to 26th March 2019. This is a fantastic opportunity to develop confidence, communication skills and awareness of global affairs. The Mulberry delegates will serve as a delegation to the MUN Conference at Florida International University in Miami. In addition to attending the MUN, they will have some time to explore the city and experience its culture.
The next Academic Review Day is on Thursday 14th March 2019. On this day, we would like parents to attend a meeting with their daughters and their tutor to discuss their progress. There will be no lessons taking place on this day.
Thursday 7th March - WOW Festival Reception
Four students from year 10 and 12 will represent the school at a reception for the Women of the World (WOW) Festival, hosted by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, President of WOW, at her royal residence, Clarence House. Students will have the chance to meet inspiring female role models and develop their networking skills.
Thursday 7 March – London Metropolitan Police
All Year 8 students will be joining a presentation from London Metropolitan Police’s Borough Commander and other female officers to learn more about their roles in the Police force
Thursday 7 March - St Mary‘s Ascot International Women’s Day Conference
Ten Year 12 and Year 13 students are attending this conference which will focus on the value of Direct Action and Feminism and will include presentations from Integrate, a charity which supports girls and women impacted by FGM, and keynote speaker from the Women’s Equality Party. Sumaya Begum (13JJ) will be a panel speaker on the topic of ‘White feminism and whether feminism that is not intersectional is still valid’.
Friday 8 March – London Stock Exchange
Five Y9 students will be joining the opening of the London Stock Exchange and the participating in a workshop led by founders4school and the Women’s Network Forum. The workshop will focus on how entrepreneurs can support, inspire, work with young women to help them aspire to a future in finance or as entrepreneurs.
Friday 8 March - Hyperion, a Lloyd’s of London Insurance firm
30 Year 9 students (9M) will attend an event hosted by Hyperion with the aim of developing students’ confidence and knowledge of personal branding, and helping them to ‘get their voice heard’ and build leadership skills.
Friday 8 March - Girl’s Leadership Conference 2019 at Ernst and Young
Four Year 12 students are attending this conference with the focus: A World of Possibilities: Finding your passion - how women overcome challenge and develop resilience
Friday 8 March – WOW Festival
25 Year 10 and Year 12 students will be attending the WOW “What now?” event at the Royal Festival Hall.
What Now? will be led by Jude Kelly and feature a line-up of extraordinary women and girls in an afternoon of discussion, debate, performance and a few surprises. Contributors include Annie Lennox, Julie Gillard and many performers, poets and activists. Three students will contribute to the event:
Maryam Naasir (Y10) will perform her poem about gender equality, ‘Real’.
Afnan Sayam (Y12) and Iklas Ali-Bashi-Nur (Y12) will interview Maisie Williams.
Maryam has also written a piece that will be published in the WOW Festival brochure
Saturday 9 March – WOW Festival
A further 25 Year 10 and Y12 students will be attending WOW events “What next?” and “New Daughters of Africa” at the Royal Festival Hall.
“What Next?” is asking: “In an age of hyper-connectivity, extreme ideas and political turmoil, what’s in store for the future of gender equality? Hear from the women helping us imagine an equal world – from those on the frontlines of global movements to girls and young women changing our world for the better.”
“New daughters of Africa” will launch Margaret Busby’s major new global anthology of writing by women of African descent. A glorious portrayal of the accomplishments of over 200 contributors, New Daughters of Africa celebrates their global sweep, diversity and achievements, while also testifying to a wealth of genres.
Wednesday 13 March – MSfG Adult Learners International Women’s Day Celebration (all day)
Workshops include: Dance, Yoga, Embroidery, Video making, Podcasting, Song-writing, Creative Story-telling
Our second WOW Think In, led by the WOW Foundation, will take place on 26th February 2019. The event aims to generate, communicate and celebrate young people’s ideas and priorities for achieving a gender equal world. At this Think In, students from the Mulberry Schools Trust will consider how issues of race and its intersection with gender.
Mulberry’s Annual Education Lecture will take place at the RSA on 13th February.
At Mulberry, we believe strongly that education happens not just inside the classroom, but beyond it. We see a vital connection between education and industry. We believe that every sector of industry, from arts to engineering, media to finance, is closely connected to the work of schools. This annual event for our valued friends and partners explores the relationship of education with the wider world and celebrates the joy of learning.
This year, we are delighted to announce that our speaker is Samira Ahmed, an award-winning journalist with 20 years' experience in print and broadcast. She began her career at the BBC in 1990 and covered stories including the OJ Simpson case as BBC Los Angeles Correspondent. She went on to become a news anchor for BBC World and has presented many programmes, including The World Tonight and Sunday Morning Live. She also writes regularly for newspapers and magazines including The Guardian, The Independent and The Big Issue.
The event will provide opportunity for students to network with inspiring professionals from a range of sectors.
Snow is in the forecast for this week. School will stay open unless public transport shuts down completely. Please continue to check the website for any further updates.
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On Monday 3rd December, as part of her European book tour, Former First Lady Michelle Obama appeared at a sold-out, in-conversation event at the Royal Festival Hall in London to celebrate her memoir BECOMING.
During the afternoon, Mrs Obama spoke to pupils from both Mulberry School for Girls and Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School about the book.
It was an honour to be in a position to offer this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to some of our pupils, and we look forward to the development of our relationship with Mrs Obama over the coming years.
We were also extremely proud of Nusrath Hassan, one of Mulberry School for Girls alumni and current governor of Mulberry Academy Shoreditch, who joined Mrs Obama on stage for a thought provoking panel discussion. Nusrath’s achievements and experiences are an inspiration for all pupils across the Trust.
Read this story and more in Connect, the new Mulberry Schools Trust newsletter – Issue #1 available here.
At this, the twenty-seventh GCLMUN conference, on 12th and 13th December, delegates will consider how the international community can tackle discrimination and protect human rights, using the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a founding standard. Our programme will give young people the opportunity to take on the roles of ambassadors, debate this pressing issue and take action as the United Nations. Committees will explore how the world can work together to eliminate slavery and protect the rights of women, children, refugees, LGBT+ people and indigenous peoples. The advanced crisis committees will address the rights of the Rohingya people.
Students from Years 9 to 12 will attend a workshop about Michelle Obama’s new book, ‘Becoming’, on Tuesday 27th November. The workshop is organised by Gal-dem, a magazine written by women and non-binary people of colour.
Friday 23rd November 2018 is Academic Review Day. Students will not have lessons on this day but will be meeting with their teachers at allocated times to discuss their progress.
Year 11 GCSE Drama students will visit the Donmar Warehouse to see ‘Measure for Measure’ on 22nd November.
Year 11 mock exams will take place from 12th to 16th November 2018.
Our Sixth Form Open Evening will take place on Thursday 8th November from 4pm to 6pm.
Find out what we can offer at Post-16, meet staff from all subject areas and tour the Sixth Form Centre with students.
The application process for students wishing to attend Mulberry School for Girls Sixth Form is now open. Full details on admissions and entry requirements are available on request. Please visit
Sixth Form students are going on a trip to see ‘The Funeral Director’ at Southwark Playhouse on Wednesday 7th November.
The play explores themes of community, religion, gender and LGBT rights. Students have been selected due to their contribution to either Drama or the Feminist Society at Mulberry.
Students will attend the launch of this year's Debate Mate programme on 1st November. Over the course of the year they will enjoy training in debate skills by expert university student volunteers and then take part in a nationwide inter-school debate competition.
A conference for schools exploring gender equality
The conference is designed in collaboration with students from the Mulberry Schools Trust. Our conference brings young people together from across the country for the day to imagine what a gender equal society might look like. As schools, we recognise that young people have the power to change the world. Yet in the world beyond school, not everyone is given an equal chance to fulfil their potential. Campaigns like #MeToo, and ‘He for She’ shine a light on continuing inequalities for women, but men too are also effected. They are often denied the opportunity to show vulnerability – and suicide rates amongst men are also a concern.
The aims of the conference are:
Jude Kelly, Former Artistic Director of the South Bank Centre, Edwina Dunn, Founder of the Female Lead, Delia Barker, Programmes Director, Round House, Shobana Jeyasingh, Choreographer & Founder of Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company, David Lan, Former Artistic Director at the Young Vic, Baroness Shami Chakrabati, Jade Anouka, Actor, Dave Neita, Lawyer & Poet, Carrie Cracknell, Theatre Director, and many other leading artists.
The conference is being live streamed in two parts:
10:30 – 12:00
including LIVE panel discussion exploring gender inequality in dance at 10:45
14:00 – 17:00
including LIVE panel discussion exploring gender and Shakespeare at 14:45
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbz7xilgVS61mK2G1xR1hZQ (or search Mulberry Schools Trust on YouTube)
The conference website including all the available conference material and resources for schools can be found at www.partnershipofequals.org.
Dr Vanessa Ogden, CEO of the Mulberry Schools Trust and the Mulberry Schools Foundation said:
“At this conference, we are bringing together girls and boys, women and men to consider issues of gender equality. A prosperous and harmonious society is a society where inequality and injustice have no place. The conference provides a platform for young people to have their voices heard. Schools are the crucibles of civilisation and it is our responsibility to ensure that pupils leave us equipped to create a fairer future for all”.
Ria Burnett / AJ Agar at Mulberry School for Girls on 0207 790 6327 x 205.
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