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.

Partnership of Equals Conference

The Mulberry Schools Trust is currently planning their flagship event for the academic year 2018 – 2019 which will take place 12th October 2018 and will coincide with International Day of the Girl which takes place on 11th October 2018. The event will be called the Partnership of Equals Conference and will bring together 400 young people from across the UK to discuss gender equality. The conference will take place at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre in Westminster.

As a Trust, we recognise that young people have the power to change the world: corridors and classrooms all over the country are filled with young leaders ready to craft a fairer future. Yet, in the world beyond schools, not all young people are given equal chances to fulfil their potential: in 2018, young people are growing up in a gender unequal world where women and girls are often denied equal pay and equal representation in leadership, and men and boys are often denied the chance to explore their emotions and express their sensitivity. It is our aim to give young people the tools to change that, and to work together in a partnership of equals to create a gender equal future for all.

If you would like to support or attend the event please email Holly Green on hgreen@mulberryschoolstrust.org


Edinburgh Fringe Play – Cry God for Harry, England and St George!

3rd – 4th August and 6th – 11th August 2018 4.35pm – 5.20pm at theSpace@ Surgeons Hall, Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EN8 9DW

In August 2018, 19 Mulberry students and 11 Mulberry staff will be visiting the Edinburgh Festival to perform a brand new piece of theatre created over the past six months. The play, called Cry God for Harry, England and St George! will be performed eight times at the festival, and we are also planning a special one-off performance in the West End in London in September.

Cry God for Harry, England and St George! has been inspired by Mulberry’s ongoing work with the Donmar Warehouse alongside Phyllida Lloyd’s all-female Shakespeare productions, as well as being written in response to a specific Islamophobic threat that took place during the creation of the piece. During the creation of the play, students also examined questions about what it means to be British, as well as looking at Shakespeare and what makes a great leader. In particular, we were inspired by the leadership exhibited by teenagers in Florida following the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School.

The play follows a group of young East London women as they attempt to stage a production of Shakespeare’s Henry V, before they receive a copy of the infamous ‘Punish a Muslim Day’ letter through the post. We then see how the group react to coming under threat, and how they decide to stand up to those who wish them harm. The play explores what it means to be British, what it takes to be a leader, and how a group of young people can change the world.

Click here https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/cry-god-for-harry-england-and-st-george to book tickets for the show.

US Ambassador Visit

The US ambassador to the UK came to Mulberry School on the 5th March to speak with students on US foreign policy and education. The students took part in an interactive presentation, which consisted of polls on key and controversial US policies over the past ten years. They were asked for their opinion on matters such as the Iraq War, the War on Terror, the use of drones, and the current international conflict with Russia over Crimea. It was an insightful and engaging presentation, which generated an open discussion on the UK-US friendship. The ambassador was very interested in the students’ concerns and worries over US intervention and foreign policy, and in a warm manner the ambassador answered their questions and addressed their concerns. This was a fantastic opportunity for our students to engage in a discussion with a senior diplomat and present their thoughts. As a follow up of this event, some students have been selected to visit the US embassy on Monday 17th March.