Varnava, who attended City in the 70s and 80s, gave a fascinating insight into the field of cardiology and urged girls that though their goals may change over time, grit, determination, and belief in their self-worth would see them through. Only after receiving a clean sweep of rejections from all five medical schools she applied to, Varnava recalled, did she try for Oxford, to the consternation of her Chemistry teacher who vowed to eat his hat if she got in (on succeeding, apparently, she didn’t hold him to this promise). Like our Colton Memorial lecture a few weeks ago, another inspiring story of great success sitting alongside, rather than despite, early failures.
Getting to the heart of it: Cardiologist Dr Varnava’s Founders Day Lecture
Pins with puns: Young Enterprise
The Young Enterprise team Pinimals have been working hard over the past few days to enter the regional competition with their product: enamel pins of endangered animals and plants, designed to spread awareness of those species. As you might have gathered by their name and the wildlife wordplay on their website, Pinimals are also big fans of puns, which is pretty paw-some.
City@6: Shami Chakrabarti
Head Girl Ishara has already been busy in her new role. On 26 April, she compered the Q+A with barrister, human rights activist, and politician Shami Chakrabarti, following the latter's insightful City@6 address.
World heritage celebration
To celebrate World Heritage Day on 18 April, some year 12s organised a virtual trip around the world! Students were able to visit some incredible World Heritage Sites from Argentina to Kosovo to Bangladesh and learn about their cultural importance. Click here to see what was on the itinerary and enjoy a much-needed holiday!