On Monday 12 March, 15 year 8 and year 9 students from Bohunt School attended the empowering Rocking Ur Teens conference in London. Coinciding with International Women’s Day the event is geared towards raising career aspirations in girls.
The energetic, interactive day involved a plethora of inspirational figures, all of whom offered girls from Bohunt the chance to listen to poetry, get involved in motivational workshops and collaborate with graduates.
The day was hosted by award-winning radio presenter Remel London, with keynote speakers Jessica Huie MBE – Founder of Colour Blind Cards , Ilana Taub founder of Social Company, Snact and Nick Howe, Enterprise Manager of NatWest Bank.
Barrister, Hannilee Fish delivered an interactive workshop on self-esteem and the mindset for success, sharing her personal experience of perseverance whilst structural engineer Najwa Jawahar delivered a practical and fun workshop on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) professions.
A corporate panel of apprentices, interns and graduates shared the advice they would give their 13-14 year-old self and the day ended with an inspiring speech from spoken word artist, Sophia Thakur.
The students had a hugely enjoyable and enlightening day and were an absolute credit to the school. Some quotes of the day from year 8 and 9:
“Very inspirational and fun”; “I found it inspiring for all girls”;
“The poetry was fab, she really inspired me and it sounded like real life”;
“The Be Queens poetry was interesting and fun to watch”;
“Immensely fun and inspirational the whole way through”; “I learnt that it is ok to be different”;
“All girls are different but in the end we are all in the same boat. We can do anything!”