Women of the World Festival

On the 7th March Mulberry students took part in the Women of the World Festival at Southbank Centre in celebration of International Women’s Day. We took approximately 30 students each day of the festival, to watch and participate in panel discussions on the topics of feminism, current affairs and religion. Sadika Begum earned a seat on the Paper Review on Sunday,   sitting alongside Jude Kelly, Artistic Director of Southbank Centre, Shami Chakrabarti, Director of human rights charity Liberty, and Baroness Doreen Lawrence. This was an insightful discussion on recent developments with a particular criticism of governmental and military institutions and the call for greater transparency and stronger checks and balances to enforce justice.   Other students including Kawsara Choudhury and Maria Amrin took part in WOW Bites where they presented to an audience of 50 on why feminism is relevant to young people. This was a passionate delivery breaking down many of the misconceptions about feminism and forcefully presenting equality and social justice as the primary objective for feminists like themselves. Eight Year 10 students were also involved as festival makers and they helped to run the festival over the three days and 6th formers attended an open space event where they discussed gender equality in schools with teachers and educational organisations across the UK. The most exciting and inspirational talk, for many of our students, was hearing from Malala Yousufzai on Saturday 8th. Malala shared her story of growing up in Swat Valley, Pakistan and her current campaign for the education of girls and young people across the world. It was an inspiring talk that motivated our students to be more active in campaigning for gender equality, access to education and causes that they were passionate about. Overall, the weekend was a powerful discussion of what it means to be a woman in Britain and across the world. It helped to empower and challenge young women from Mulberry who all displayed passion for and commonalities with the many issues discussed and people who attended.

Dr Mark Carney and Rushanara Ali MP visit

On Wednesday 27th February, Dr Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England and Rushanara Ali MP addressed an audience of over 300 pupils from across the Mulberry family of schools. Trustees, governors and friends of Mulberry, joined pupils and staff from host school Mulberry Academy Shoreditch, Mulberry School for Girls and Mulberry UTC.

Dr Carney spoke candidly about his Canadian upbringing, education and the moral purpose that guides his decision-making. Ms Ali, a member of the House of Commons Treasury Committee and the school’s local MP, encouraged pupils to continue to work hard and support each other so that they can make a positive change to their community and country…and perhaps one day succeed her as an MP or become the next Governor of the Bank of England!

The event ended with a thought provoking Q&A panel and pupils asked robust questions focusing on the expertise and role of the Governor, monetary policy and the dynamics of markets.  

We were extremely grateful to Dr Carney and Ms Ali for making this such a memorable visit and we look forward to establishing new links with the Bank of England.

4th Annual Education Lecture

On Wednesday 13th February 2019, Mulberry Schools Trust will be holding its 4th Annual Education Lecture at the historic Royal Society of Arts in John Adam Street.

We are delighted to announce that this year’s guest speaker is journalist, writer and broadcaster Samira Ahmed. Ms Ahmed will reflect on her life and work as a journalist, commenting on current social political trends and scanning the horizon for issues of future global importance.

Our lecture series is part of our offer to provide high quality and outstanding enrichment opportunities for all our pupils to encourage the importance of leadership in employment, public life, community life and family roles. We would also like to invite our parent/carer community and the friends of Mulberry. 

Places are limited and so if you would like to reserve a place, please RSVP to AJ Agar on headspa@mulberryschoolstrust.org

Pupils Model a United Front

On Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th December, the Mulberry Schools Trust (MST) held the 27th Global Classrooms London Model United Nations (GCLMUN) conference at the International Maritime Organisation, the only UN organisation with headquarters in London. GCLMUN is part of the UNAUSA’s Global Classrooms MUN programme and MST is proud to be leading the largest schools programme in the UK for this worldwide network. The bi-annual conference involves a pupil-led Secretariat and brings together hundreds of pupils from across the country, including all schools within MST. 

Pupils played the role of Ambassadors in simulations of UN committees to build an understanding of global challenges through debates and resolution writing. They were equipped with co-operation, leadership and public speaking skills, and developed as confident global citizens. Using the Universal Declaration for Human Rights as their guiding work, they considered how the international community could tackle different forms of discrimination, focusing on refugees, the LGBTQ+ community and indigenous peoples. 

Former First Lady Michelle Obama Meets Mulberry Pupils

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. 

Mulberry Think-ins with Jude Kelly

Mulberry School for Girls and the Mulberry Schools Foundation is partnering with Jude Kelly CBE for a two-year residency as ‘Thought Leader’. Over this period, Jude will lead a total of six Mulberry Think-ins to generate, communicate and celebrate young people’s ideas and priorities for achieving a gender equal world.

A series of three events will generate, communicate and celebrate young people’s ideas and priorities for achieving a gender equal world.  Mulberry Think-ins extend serious debate about issues facing girls and women globally to young people and adults whose voices are less usually heard. Inspired by Jude Kelly and her invited contributors, participants will collectively generate ideas and solutions that will enable more girls and women to reach their true potential as individuals and leaders.