Empowering girl pupils and their mums
A group of Thomas Clarkson Academy's South African teachers brought a tradition from their native country to the academy with a special event in celebration of mothers and daughters.
The academy’s first-ever 'mother, daughter and special ladies brunch' took place last month with games, competitions and a talk about female empowerment.
It was the brainchild of science teacher Natasha van Rhede and her fellow colleagues from South Africa, where events such as these are commonplace and often take place on Mother’s Day or Women’s Day.
The event, which was attended by mums, daughters, grandmothers and foster mums, included video messages from the girls to their mums, which moved a number of them to tears.
Feedback from those who attended was very positive, with several requests for similar events in the future.
Miss van Rhede said: “The event went really well. There was lots of fun and games and it was so nice to see everyone bonding, so we’re really pleased it was successful.
"Many of those who came along asked for more of these types of events so we’re planning to hold a family day in July with a hog roast and football activities.
“These events are about building relationships, spending time together and celebrating the difference that a strong bond between mother and daughter can make to both their lives.
“A strong bond and positive attention gives a child confidence and can affect how they treat others. It can also have an impact on a student’s school life.”