Year 12 Girls “Make It Happen”



On Monday 9th March, five Year 12 pupils visited Titanic Belfast to attend a conference to mark International Women’s Day.
They listened to a number of inspirational women including; Dr. Janet Gray, World Disabled Water Ski Champion, Suzanne Wiley, Chief Executive of Belfast City Council, Teamrat Belai, an Ethopian who works as a Senior Programme Officer for Trócaire and Grace Davitt, a Six Nations Grand Slam Winner.
The theme of the day was “make it happen”. Each speaker had an inspirational story describing how they had overcome obstacles to achieve their goals. The speakers explained how never giving up and remaining positive, even when things looked impossible, brought them on a journey of discovery and success.
Teamrat explained the importance of education for women throughout the world and how it will lead to better opportunities for the global population. She was the first female student to choose to study physics at school as it was perceived as a ‘boy’s’ subject.
Suzanne Wiley described how globally there is a higher percentage of women that graduate with degrees compared with men, however, men hold the majority of senior management jobs in the work place. It was very interesting to hear about the responsibilities and duties Suzanne has, from organising bin collections to managing 3000 staff and bringing The Queen on a tour of City Hall.
The Year 12 girls were a credit to the school and left the conference feeling empowered, inspired and positive about their future. They all made a personal pledge at the end of the conference, on how they would “make it happen”.