In observing International Women’s Day last week, The Ladies’ College has announced its student partnership with Cheltenham Ladies’ College in the UK.
Students from the two Colleges will be working together in a series of joint online events. The events will consider how society needs to develop to reflect the changing role of women, a shared assembly on the role of women in both communities, and a parliamentary-style debate on the role of technology in education.
Senior students from both colleges and students from St Vincent’s College in Sydney, Australia will be involved in the partnership.
The connection between The Ladies’ College and Cheltenham Ladies’ College goes back 150 years, with the founders in Guernsey wishing to establish a school built on the pioneering model of Cheltenham Ladies’ College. The College’s Principal came from Cheltenham alongside many lasting traditions and values.
Principal of The Ladies’ College, Daniele Harford-Fox said: ‘We are delighted to launch the start of what I believe will be an exciting partnership between the two Colleges. Cheltenham is an extraordinary school, and we share much of the same drive to empower young women to engage with issues head on, both in terms of the climate and biodiversity crisis and the rapidly developing changes from AI and technology. We hope to see ever increasing opportunities for the students and the staff of the two Colleges to work together.’
Eve Jardine- Young, Principal at Cheltenham Ladies’ College, said: ‘It has been wonderful to witness the vitality and joy unleashed by this collaboration, and we hope its reverberations will be long lasting.’
Deputy Principal (Community & Co-Curricular), James Henderson, who is leading on the partnership said: ‘Our 150th anniversary is the perfect opportunity to develop our relationship with Cheltenham Ladies’ College.
‘Both colleges were founded to give girls every opportunity for education, leadership and self-development. By strengthening our ties with Cheltenham, we are making a clear statement that we believe these pioneering values are as powerful today as they were back then.
‘The obstacles for women may be different in today's world, but we know they exist. By working together, we can empower our students to meet the challenges and opportunities of the future with confidence.’