International Women's Day 2022
On Monday 7th March, Years 1 to 6 had a day to learn about influential women and the importance of equality within society. During the day we learnt about women from around the world and in different times who challenged what a woman can do and helped Break the Bias (theme for IWD 2022). This day is also part of our Jubilee celebrations and we took the time to look at the life of the Queen and how she has paved the way for women in the last 70 year.
Each class chose a title from the 'Little People, Big Dreams' series and produced something to reflect their inspirational woman. Please click on the Year Group pages below to see a selection of the children's work.
We also had 3 guest speakers: Maria Miller, MP for Basingstoke, began the day with an assembly; Lisa Kirkman, a Director at Winchester City Council and former pupil of Park View, visited the classes; and Nicola Pearce, Head Teacher at the Vyne School, shared her exciting and varied careers with the students.
All three speakers talked about how we shouldn't let our life circumstances limit our futures and that our children have the potential to make a difference in the world.
Maria Miller MP - opening assembly
Lisa Kirkman - former Park View pupil
Lisa Kirkman joined Park View Junior school when she was in Year 5. She is now Strategic and Monitoring Officer at Winchester City Council.
During her talk to the children, Lisa told of how she was inspired by a TV programme to become a lawyer because it was a way that she could help people. Lisa explained how after she completed her A-Levels , she went to university and then had to complete law school to fulfil her dreams. Lisa began her career at Basingstoke and Deane Council as a trainee solicitor, after 17 years and several promotions she left for her current job in Winchester.
As Strategic and Monitoring Officer, Lisa is responsible for many departments at the council. From finance, community communication and IT to leading the legal team and overseeing elections, her job is very varied. Lisa talked about the most important parts of her role is looking after the staff at the cathedral and helping people who live in Winchester.
Lisa also shared with the children how during her time as a solicitor, the number of women practicing law has gone from 30% to 50%. However, in the top jobs of law, only 20% are women. Lisa told the children that they could help make it 50:50.
Nicola Pearce - Head Teacher of the Vine
UK Parliament Learning:
International Women's Day Live Workshop
Some of our children joined schools across the country for a live. digital workshop with the Learning Team at Parliament.
They learnt about the different ways that they can bring about change. Explored the Palace of Westminster, were joined by women from across Parliament, and found out more about different methods to engage with UK Parliament, past and present.
They heard from members and staff from both Houses of Parliament, who shared examples of campaigns that have fought to break the gender bias and make the UK a fairer place.