Girls push boundaries at conference

Students at Burgess Hill School for Girls step out of their comfort zones at a ‘Pushing Your Boundaries’ careers conference

Year 10 students at Burgess Hill School for Girls attended the Burgess Hill School for Girls’ ‘Pushing Your Boundaries’ careers conference in association with global company Roche on 22nd September.

The students listened to motivational speakers, including business women Deanna Stark and Rachel Kay.

Deanna is a business leader with over 15 years’ experience of successfully helping clients deliver business value through IT solutions. Deanna is currently the IBM Client Executive for Deloitte and has previously lead and managed sales teams in the IT industry for UK and Ireland markets. Rachel is currently managing director for the Thales Learning & Development which is part of the THALES International group. Her remit is focused on the management and leadership of Thales Learning & Development and its 70 employees. 

The girls, who were from Oakmeeds Community College and The Towers Convent School, as well as from Burgess Hill School for Girls, took part in some unusual activities. To challenge them, the girls chose one they wanted to do and one they did not.

The activities included buggy driving, plastering, rock climbing, Zumba, presentation skills, cake decorating, a drumming lesson, circus skills and a sign language workshop.

Year 10 student, Nell Sumners, said: “It was a fantastic day, giving us all the opportunity to really ‘push our boundaries’. Both of the speakers were inspiring and along with the activities it really helped everyone to boost their confidence and try something new.”


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