GIRLS from Great Sankey High School attended a ceremony to charter their newly-formed Soroptistars school club.
This initiative grew out of the ongoing collaboration between the high school and Soroptimist International of Warrington, a women’s volunteer organisation that works in the community to transform the lives of women and girls through education, empowerment and enabling opportunities.
Founded in the USA in 1921, there are currently around 75,000 members in 122 countries, and there has been a Soroptimist Club in Warrington since 1945.
The school club project is intended to support young women in developing leadership and organisational skills and to build greater social awareness which will prepare them to become global citizens as they mature.
Since 2017 the collaboration has resulted in two annual STEM events for 60 girls in year 9, in the run-up to their selection of GCSE subjects.
The half-day session, hosted by United Utilities at their Lingley Mere site, provides girls with an opportunity to meet graduates and apprentices of six diverse companies and hear from them what kind of career possibilities are on offer if they pursue subjects in science, technology, engineering and mathematics at GCSE-level and beyond.