Row Like a Girl…lead Like a Girl
"A range of academic opportunities beyond the classroom"
The recent extraordinary achievement of Row Like a Girl – the four woman team who rowed 3,000 miles across the Atlantic in 40 days, eight hours and 26 minutes - beating 24 male teams to become the youngest and fastest all-woman crew to row the Atlantic unaided, required more than muscle power and emotional resilience. It required teamwork and no more so than from the boat’s captain Lauren Morton (26).
Morton’s leadership skills, which came to the fore at her team talk the night before they embarked on the challenge, set the team’s tone and undoubtedly got them through the darkest hours of their lives (well certainly a fractured leg, woman overboard and bottom sores like you’ve never seen) and ensured they made the crossing.
“I sat everyone down the night before we were leaving and went through some simple ground rules,” said Morton. “To be kind to each other always and never ever badmouth anybody else because that’s when problems start. And to realise that no matter how shit or low you’re feeling someone else has felt the same way. We stuck to the rules and were incredibly strong the whole way across.”
Moreton’s style of leadership is emulated through all aspects of life at Tudor Hall, and is developed through both academic and physical challenges. Our academic approach – which encourages our students to work independently beyond the confines of the curriculum - is typified by the ‘Aim Higher’ programme which runs across all year groups. ‘Aim Higher’ offers a range of academic opportunities beyond the classroom, allowing students to channel their intellectual curiosity and to engage in subject areas of particular interest. Activities are varied: entry to national competitions, independent project work, attending lectures, as well as taking part in extra-curricular clubs and opportunities.
Our Lower Sixth have the opportunity to apply for the Warrior’s Programme which sees them heading off to South Africa to parachute, bungee jump and get involved in charitable projects such as rebuilding classrooms from mud bricks. Back on British turf, there’s nothing more testing than being a member of the cross country team where you’re expected to run a six mile course in sleet determined to keep going (despite having lost a shoe in the mud) as you do not want to give up or let your team mates down. At the end of the day, pushing yourself out of your comfort zone is worth it, making your next attempt at something tricky that bit easier.
Encouraging girls to push themselves when confronted by challenge teaches them to dig deep and develop a life skill that will take them far in the world beyond school. With these skills, the girls can lead their lives to the full and lead others to achieve great things. Whether it’s setting up a charity to benefit others, establishing their own business or leading a team to climb the next biggest mountain, our girls develop resilience bringing the confidence to carve their own paths in life and to be proud of what they, as women, can and want to achieve.
Wendy Griffiths, Headmistress, comments “Our recent ‘Women in Leadership Conference’ focused the girls’ attention on being proud to be ‘like a girl’. It’s vital that this generation don’t hold themselves back but instead push to connect, influence, change, campaign and lead. Who knows, the next Row Like a Girl boat might be full of Old Tudorians following in the footsteps of Moreton’s fabulous four who have done so much to publicise the combined mental and physical strength of women.”
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