This half-term, our students have been creating t-shirt designs for a national ‘UNITEE’ competition. The competition asks students to design a t-shirt inspired by the theme of unity. Each form had selected their chosen design and these designs were then brought to life by Mrs Freer in our Technology department. On Friday, the time came to see these final designs in a celebratory virtual fashion show.
The fashion show involved staff from across the school modelling the designs created by the different forms. There were some excellent model poses and it was great to see so many of our teachers getting involved and showing off their modelling skills!
At the start of the assembly, we also wanted to take some time to remember Zaynab from Year 10 who tragically passed away this year. Zaynab had written about the importance of unity and the power of young people to grow and make the world a better place. Her friends read her thoughtful words at the start of the assembly and it was a moving reminder about the importance of uniting together.
We were very excited to welcome two guests to join us in our show. We were able to hear from Mike Haines OBE, the creator of the UNITEES national competition. Mike Haines spoke to us about how important the message of unity was to him personally and spoke movingly about how he was inspired to create the competition to combat hatred and extremism in the world and instead spread a message of tolerance and understanding. After watching our virtual show, Mike contacted us to let us know how impressed he was with our designs. He said, “I have watched that video four or five times now. It is brilliant. A really massive well done and congratulations to your school, teachers, staff and the amazing girls. You all did such a wonderful job and all the designs are of the highest order. I am seriously impressed.” We hope to be able to invite Mike to speak at the school again in the future, hopefully in person!
We were also lucky to be able to welcome our local MP, Katherine Fletcher into our school to see our designs and answer questions from our new student leadership team during the assembly. Katherine took part in our International Women’s Day celebrations earlier this year and it was brilliant to be able to welcome her into school in person. Katherine was also impressed with the designs created by our students, especially the design created by 10H!
We were so impressed by the creativity and compassion shown by our students throughout the competition. The winners for the national competition are to be announced later this month, but we have also held a school competition to find out our winning designs from each year group. We can’t wait to celebrate the winning designs!
Here is a link to a slideshow featuring the fantastic T-shirt designs https://tinyurl.com/9xzhtr84
Here is a link to a slideshow showing our form winners! https://youtu.be/u01-Yw0wqhM