In February, students at Ponteland High School participated in some competitions and events launched by Northumberland County Council to prepare to celebrate International Women’s Day 2021. We are delighted to announce that Polly Reed and Amelia McKenna in Year 13 were recognised as exceptional young women as they jointly won the ‘Inspirational Young Woman’ award for their age category. And here’s why…
Polly is studying A Levels in English Literature, Biology and History and hopes to read English Literature at university. Polly is an amazing sportsperson: she has been swimming competitively for 10 years, training with the Newcastle Swim Team-ten times a week, mornings and after school- and has reached national level.
Amelia is studying A Levels in English Language, Biology and Geography and hopes to study Geography at university. She is a very talented rower and has competed with Tyne United rowing club since 2015, training relentlessly and participating in many prestigious rowing events including the Durham Regatta. Recently, Amelia started volunteering with the ‘Learn to Row’ juniors which involves coaching novices in water safety, boat handling and management leading to their first outing on the water.
Both Polly and Amelia are subject prefects and have supported school events on a number of occasions; they have been ambassadors for the school as part of transition events and supported Year 5 and Year 6 students in netball coaching. Most recently, Polly and Amelia have generously devoted their spare time and sporting expertise to working with ‘Barnability’ clients -children and young adults with disabilities taking part in fitness and exercise classes- where they have both made a huge impact with their amazing attitude, perseverance and vivacious and enthusiastic personalities.
It is a privilege to be able to say that Polly Reed and Amelia McKenna are part of Ponteland High School; they are a shining example of inspirational young women in both our school and community and are thoroughly deserving of winning this award.
And that’s not all! Anna Hogg in Year 12 successfully won the top prize in her age category with her brilliant short story about an inspirational young woman in Northumberland who overcomes many struggles and becomes Mayor. Chloe McCaldin in Year 7 was runner up in her age category for her fantastic story about how an inspirational girl delivered boxes of treats to people in her community.
International Women’s Day takes place on Monday 8th March 2021 and the theme this year is #ChooseToChallenge. More information about International Women’s Day can be found at https://www.internationalwomensday.com/
Here's a link to the NCC celebration