In early July, Year 10 girls from Warden Park, Downlands and Burgess Hill were able to hear from experienced voices in the world of design and media, as part of a careers conference hosted at the latter school. Among those attending was Rachel Smith, who has representedGreat Britain in World Dragon Boat Racing Championships and holds a world-record for the 1,000m Women’s event. She drew on her marketing and business background during her talk, illustrating how they tie in with her sporting endeavours. She regularly works for the Prince’s Trust, encouraging young people to make the most of opportunities.
The students then went from listeners to workers, being set the task of producing a flyer used to promote career opportunities at Roche Diagnostics, the co-sponsor of the conference. They were required to design, research, write the content and publish their finish product.
Mrs Ann Aughwane, headmistress, said: “The girls rose to the challenge brilliantly and their brochures were superb. They admitted that they found it daunting to work under tight time pressure but then found it immensely satisfying to achieve the goal set.”