As Lower VI have been sitting their internal examinations this week they may be looking forward several years to when they will be established in their careers and returning to St Augustine’s Priory to share their experiences with the future Priory 6.
One member of the current Lower VI, Portia Laryea-Adu demonstrated such foresight, and also initiative, when, at the end of April she organised a careers’ evening, inviting back to St Augustine’s Priory five young women who left this school nearly a decade ago, to speak to current pupils about their journeys.
Portia takes up the story:
‘On Thursday 19th April 2018 after the school day had ended, students from the Senior school and Priory 6 had the honour of meeting five alumnae at a Careers event I organised with the help of Mrs Collins, Ms Hagerty, Mr Ferguson and Ms Masih. I had thought of the idea to do this after attending two external events aimed at empowering young women with the support of big companies such as Lloyds Bank and Accenture; one organised by ThinkHerAmbition and another by WCAN.
When planning the event, I started off by setting my main goal. This was to inform the younger girls about different career fields that they may be thinking about going into. I thought it would be very beneficial to have someone who had experienced the same schooling as them to give advice. My sister is an old girl so I was able to ask her to attend and also ask for details of her classmates, and with her contacts I was able to obtain four other successful old women with a mixture of one who went to Oxford to study law, one who works at Microsoft and another who is a quantity surveyor at Careys.
It was an honour and privilege to have these successful women give advice and guidance to the members of the Senior school and Priory 6. The quality of the presentations was phenomenal. They were so clear and informative and I believe they truly inspired some of the girls. A massive thank you to the women who came to speak: Katrina Finucane, Parisa Seif Amir Hosseini, Aarti Suri, Christina Cheriyan and Gabriellyn Laryea-Adu.’
Thank you, Portia, for organising such a successful and inspirational event.Categories: Priory Post Sixth Form The Association Whole School