Six of our students attended Girlboss New Zealand’s ‘Girlboss Edge – Law, Policy and Government’ programme in the July school holidays alongside 600 other like-minded women from across the country. Girlboss is an organisation that works with young female leaders interested in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics).
Head Girl, Tace Chapman, Mikayla Robson, Hannah Roberts, Laura Newman, Julia Ford and Chantelle van Vuren took part. It was an exciting opportunity which helped develop personal branding, networking skills, personal values, and the use of LinkedIn. The lessons were very interesting and the skills learned have proven to be beneficial to real life situations already. The girls were also given the opportunity to participate in one on one mentoring sessions with employees from DLA Piper, Chapman Tripp, and the Ministry of Justice – all of which were incredibly inspiring, with detailed insights about the industry. To conclude, the group participated in the Justice Challenge which gave them the opportunity to apply their new skills and some critical thinking.
Congratulations to Mikayla Robson who was recognised as a finalist for her submission about waste in waterways. She developed an innovative three level microplastic filter to help reduce the amount of plastic emitted into New Zealand waterways. The project was also awarded first place in the Girlboss Edge Primary Industries’ Ministry of Primary Industries challenge, which is a great achievement and gave her the opportunity to develop her idea further.
Written by Tace Chapman, Head Girl (Year 13) and Mikayla Robson (Year 12)
Pictured left to right: Hannah Roberts, Tace Chapman and Mikayla Robson