Mulberry School For Girls and the Ursuline High School have enjoyed a long and productive partnership for many years. As well as professional collaboration, we are connected by friendship: our schools consistently support and celebrate one another, and this warm relationship is much valued by staff and students alike.
Recently, Mulberry and Ursuline students worked together on a collaborative film project with Postcode Films. Together, the girls directed, filmed and produced a short documentary entitled Shaping Our Futures, exploring the work of some of the UK’s most inspiring women and female-led organisations – including Liberty, Clean Break, Luminary Bakery, Magic Me and the work of Baroness Susan Greenfield. Students wrote and conducted interviews with inspirational women, including Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty and internationally acclaimed human rights activist; and DI Victoria Garnett, one of the youngest ever female Detective Inspectors with the Metropolitan Police. The women the students interviewed gave advice to a young female audience just starting out in life: the resulting film was frank, uplifting and brave.
In October, Ursuline students also attended Mulberry’s Women’s Education conference, ‘Educating Twenty-First Century Women: Passion, Possibilities and Power’, where the film was screened. In January, Mulberry sixth form students will be attending Ursuline’s European politics conference, ‘Europe: In or Out?’ This conference will focus on the issue of whether the UK should opt out of the EU, and will see speakers from major political parties engage in discussion and debate with students. Our sixth formers look forward to developing their thoughts on this pressing political issue, and are excited for what promises to be a day of stimulating discussion!
Most recently, the Ursuline school organised a tea party for a group of Mulberry students, in celebration of our school’s 50th anniversary. Students were treated to tea and home-made cake by Ursuline’s school council. We discussed the ethos of our respective schools, and found that we share many values: sisterhood, helping others, and above all, honouring the importance of education for young women. The Ursuline school presented us with a beautiful gift: a framed picture of their stained glass window, inscribed with the values that define both our schools.
We look forward to celebrating Ursuline’s 125th anniversary in similar style a few years from now, and we know that we will continue to support one another as colleagues and as friends.