Pupils and staff at a Moulsford school marked last week’s International Women’s Day by saying thank you to the inspirational women in their lives.
Cranford House School, based near Wallingford, commemorated last Wednesday’s celebration day of all things female by writing the names of their heroes on a whiteboard and posing for a snap in a specially constructed frame.
And with everyone from mums, sisters and grandmas to famous figures getting a mention, the school said the day “proved a real celebration of the special women who make a difference to us all”.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, mums received the largest share of the vote, but the children also named historical female figures, artists and sportswomen as inspirations, alongside many of their Cranford House teachers.
Year 8 pupils Amelie Lawrence Bristow and Alanna Webb said: “Women fought for us to have the right to vote, be educated and work.
“International Women’s Day is important because it celebrates their contribution and how far we’ve come.”
Among the famous women to receive a special thank you from the Cranford House youngsters included film star Emma Watson, Afghan women’s rights activist Malalai, civil rights icon Rosa Parks, retired British sailor Ellen MacArthur, gymnast Claudia Fragapane, and Mother Theresa.
Assistant head (academic) Christine Ellis, said: “The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is ‘Be Bold for Change’ and changing the world often comes from igniting small individual sparks of change.
“I want our pupils to look at the lives and achievements of inspirational women and say, “Yes, women can! I can! I can be who and what I want and reach as high as is humanly possible.”
The English department also marked the day with the launch of a creative writing competition called ‘With These Hands’, challenging senior pupils to imagine all the things their hands will do for them in the future.