Prep pupils highly commended for ‘Dare to be Different’ initiative

Friday 1 July 2016

A team of Prep School pupils from Abbot’s Hill have been awarded medals after being highly commended for their efforts as Dare to be Different deputies.

The team of ten girls from Years 5 and 6 first got involved in ‘Dare to be Different’ (D2BD) during a day of experiences at Daytona Sandown Park karting track in April. D2BD is a new initiative launched by Susie Wolff, a former Formula 1 racing driver, to encourage girls to think about Motorsports and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) career paths. The organisation aims to inspire women of all ages to break the mould in perceived male-dominated industries.

At Sandown Park, the girls were introduced to all aspects of Motorsports, both on and off the track. The group enjoyed a fitness and nutrition session, performed a timed pit stop on a kart and experienced a session karting around the Daytona track. The group also had the opportunity to present a piece on camera with the Sky F1 team, and they participated in a STEM challenge.

Since the girls have returned from their trip, they have taken on the responsibility as D2BD Deputies, passing on their experiences and enthusiasm to the rest of the School through assemblies and in the classroom. Their efforts have awarded with a highly commended certificate, signed by Susie Wolff, and individual medals for each of the girls.

Mrs Naila Bachour, Year 5 teacher at Abbot’s Hill Prep said,

“We are delighted that the girls have been recognised for their fantastic efforts in raising the profile of D2BD. It is a fabulous initiative showing young women that they can become involved and be successful in exciting STEM career paths. Abbot’s Hill Prep have thoroughly enjoyed being involved with D2BD.”