Be the Best That You Can Be!
Thursday, 10 September 2009
Be proud of yourself and be the best that you can be! This was the message from Janette McCormick, Chief Superintendent of Trafford Police, to the girls of Bolton School at their Sixth Form Presentation Evening.
Chief Superintendent McCormick, an Old Girl of the School, gave an inspirational talk to students as guest speaker at this year's awards evening. Having left the Girls' Division over 20 years ago, she recapped her career in the police force and how women have come to play a much more important role in policing - the force now recruiting more women than men. She had become an Inspector aged 26 and is now in charge of 500 staff. Dealing with some of the most vulnerable people in life, she felt that her Bolton School education had imbued her with the key qualities to do her job - resilience and determination.
On leaving Bolton School, she had been told to "make a difference" in the world and she felt she was doing just that. Her education at the School had, she said, shaped her view on the world - although on walking back into the Great Hall she did admit to feeling like a 14 year old again! In a presentation that talked about the need to occasionally take calculated risks in life, she talked about how women continue to take more and more prestigious jobs as they strive for equality in the workplace; she finished her talk by telling the girls to seek their ambitions and to be the best that they can be!
The evening celebrated the achievements of the girls of Bolton School. Once again they had achieved outstanding exam results at GCSE and A Level, where they equalled the best ever record of the school. However, the Bolton School education is a rounded one and Mrs Gill Richards, Headmistress, commended pupils on notable sporting achievements at county and national level as well as outstanding work in music, drama, work in the community and many other extra-curricular activities. Mrs Richards reminded the audience that girls do better in single-sex environments and pointed to six of the top ten independent schools being all-girl schools.
Chairman of Governors, Mr Michael Griffiths, reflected on a busy, exciting and productive year at Bolton School, which had seen the building of a state-of-the-art new Infants' School and work beginning on a new Junior Girls' School.