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Talented Manchester High School for Girls Sixth Former, Anyi, and her twin brother, Han, have just released their debut single - 'Girl in the Mirror'. It is the first single from their album due to be released later this year.
5th October 2021 — When Manchester High School for Girls Sixth Former, Anyi, started playing violin at the age of six, she never dreamt that one day she would release her own single with her twin brother, Han.
Last week, the pair launched their first song, which will form part of a forthcoming album entitled ‘Life Sketches’, due to be released before Christmas.
Song writing has been a passion for the 17-year-old student over the last couple of years and the first single – ‘Girl in the Mirror’ – was written back in October 2020, not long after Anyi joined Manchester High School for Girls’ Sixth Form. For her, it was a reflective experience and one that allowed her to express the feelings of loneliness and isolation that she had felt during her high school years.
She said, “I was inspired to write the song having just started at MHSG. It felt like I could bring a sense of closure to a difficult chapter of my life and begin again in a new school. ‘Girl in the Mirror’ is about seeing the shadow of my former self looking back at me in the mirror, always present even though I am moving forwards.”
Music was something that Anyi and her brother discovered together with their journey towards composition totally self-guided. Their similar tastes and personalities have made collaborating easy and their different skills have also proved an advantage - he plays the piano whilst Anyi leads on the violin and vocals.
She said, “The single was produced in our bedrooms over two months with very limited equipment! In fact, we were extremely grateful to the MHSG Music Department who actually leant us some crucial equipment to make it happen!”
The siblings used a distribution service to launch the single, which is now available on all streaming platforms, and the feedback so far has been overwhelmingly positive. Is music something that they see themselves doing in the future? “Definitely!” Says Anyi, “Although Han aims to study Medicine at University, I am hoping to read music and to indulge my passion for a variety of musical genres.”
Why not have a listen to their debut single by following the link? https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/hanandanyi/girl-in-the-mirror-2
16 year old Manchester High student, Hannah, has become one of the youngest females in the UK to fly solo in a plane less than 12 months after her first flying lesson.
29th June 2021 — The sixth former first took to the skies in July 2020 following the easing of the first lockdown and since then her feet have barely touched the ground. In fact, on just her second lesson she flew with her brother and instructor from Liverpool to Le Touquet in France and stopped off for lunch! Since then she has clocked up 30 hours in the air and last week took the biggest leap of faith with her first solo circuit.
It was during one of her bi-weekly lessons that Hannah’s instructor suggested she should do her first solo flight following an assured circuit around the aerodrome. Hannah said, “I wasn’t nervous as I was already in the zone and I had confidence in myself. It was exhilarating and I have already been back up to do it again!”
Hannah is now working towards her Private Pilot’s Licence which she hopes to take on her 17th birthday. She is also planning a flying trip around Europe with instructor and friend, Sarah Bond, this summer. The pair will be getting an aerial view of the region and Hannah is hoping to gain even more solo flying experience.
For Hannah though, the sky is definitely not the limit. In August she will also be returning to Guatemala to work in an orphanage where she taught English and Music two years ago and she ultimately hopes to land in America after her A-levels to study Politics at University.
Yesterday, MHSG Prep launched their Eco Code, pledging their commitment to becoming more environmentally friendly through their #WECARE initiative. Members of the Prep Eco Council outlined their ideas on ways our school can help to #savetheplanet
25th May 2021 — Yesterday MHSG Prep launched their Eco Code, demonstrating their commitment to becoming more environmentally friendly.
Members of the Eco Council were joined by Head Mistress, Mrs Jeys and Head of Prep, Mrs Mortimer, as they unveiled a new sign which spells out an acrostic pledge from the words WE CARE.
W – Water. Get it from a tap
E – Electricity. Switch off lights
C – Cut waste. Don’t drop litter
A – Appreciate our wonderful world
R – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
E – Eat healthy. Less packaging
The joint initiative brought children from the Infant and Junior departments together to create a code of practice for Prep pupils that encourages them to think about ways to ‘Save the World’.
Prep teacher, Mrs Adam, who oversaw the project, believes this is just the beginning for the council, “The girls are so enthusiastic about getting involved and talking to their peers about ways to help the environment. They are full of ideas about how we can become more sustainable and their next job is to discuss the ideas behind the Eco Code with their year groups.”
The launch of the Eco Code comes on the back of ‘Less Waste Fortnight’ in Prep which encouraged pupils and staff to swap single use packaging for more sustainable alternatives. Head of Prep, Mrs Mortimer, was immensely proud of how successful they were in reducing waste. “In the first week, we still collected a fair amount of waste – especially plastic – but by the end of the second week, we had more than halved our rubbish.” She continued “If we can achieve results like that in two weeks, imagine what we could achieve over a whole year!”
The Eco Council echoed this sentiment, sharing a poster that stated, “Less packaging is not just for ‘Less Waste Fortnight’, it is for life!”
Head Mistress, Mrs Jeys, has been so impressed with the initiative that she hopes to roll the concept into the Senior School. She said, “The girls have been so focused and have a clear vision of the direction they would like to go in. I think it is really important that our older pupils support them in a project that is going to make such a difference to us as a school, the local community and ultimately the planet.”
Year 10 pupil, Lola, has had her sights set on the Olympics since she started cycling at the age of 6 and she is now one step closer to realising her dream, having been asked to ‘guest’ with British Cycling’s GB Squad.
15th February 2021 — In normal times, the cycle-obsessed teenager competes in track, road and occasionally cyclo-cross, whilst riding her mountain bike just for fun, but having been spotted by British Cycling pre-Covid, she has now been given the opportunity to join GB as one of only five ‘guests’. This means access to apprentice camps (when they are allowed to happen again), support with training from British Cycling coaches and the opportunity to move onto the full apprenticeship programme if she performs.
Lola’s love of cycling began when she was very young, back in Guernsey, where she lived as a young child. She became Channel Islands Champion at the age of 8. Since then, she has gone on to win numerous competitions including Northwest Circuit Champion in 2019 and most recently she became Manchester Track League Women’s Champion. Perhaps one of her proudest moments so far was taking third place on the podium at the Youth Tour of Scotland in 2019 - a major national event where she was one of the youngest competitors.
Sadly, aside from the Manchester Track League (winter event) no races happened in 2020 due to the pandemic.
Keeping motivated to train with no racing has been a huge challenge for the 15 year old, who thrives on the competition and camaraderie at races. She said, “I have really missed the big national races which usually involve travelling to Scotland, London, Wales and the Isle of Man and I also missed out on a trip to Assen for an annual international youth race.” She continued, “I think that I have missed seeing my friends at training most and, of course, beating the boys!”
Training during the pandemic, particularly in this lockdown, has been difficult for Lola as the restriction of only riding from home has meant less variety on routes, riding on roads which are less safe in order to get out to the countryside, and fewer training partners. With the recent wintry weather, this has also meant more time on a turbo or rollers, which can be tedious.
She said, “It has been so different from my usual training schedule which would include sessions with other cyclists from the Northwest either at the velodrome, an outdoor circuit or sessions in the gym.” For now, she must be content to train with her older sister and dad!
Pre-Covid, Lola was attending the Regional School of Racing (run by British Cycling) and it was at the last one of these sessions at the velodrome that she was asked to shift across to the GB Apprentice session to train with them. GB Apprentice is the earliest GB British Cycling programme and covers the last year of youth riding (15-16 years). From here, cyclists may be asked to join the GB Junior Programme and ultimately the Podium Programme, where athletes such as Laura Trott and Jason Kenny trained. In the last twelve months, funding has been cut dramatically for the sport and now only seven girls have been chosen for full GB Apprentices as opposed to twenty in previous years.
For now, ‘guesting’ with GB is enough for Lola, but she hopes to become a full apprentice and ultimately reach her Olympic goal. In the short term, her biggest wish is to train once again with her friends.
Training as an elite athlete is challenging enough in normal circumstances but for Year 11 pupil, Evie Walker, the pandemic has thrown up many new obstacles in her Artistic Swimming training including restrictions to swimming pools!
7th January 2021 — However, the pandemic has not stopped the Manchester High School for Girls pupil overcoming adversity to train and compete as one of Britain’s top Artistic Swimmers in her age group.
In December she represented Great Britain in the International Swimming Federation’s (FINA’s) first ever virtual challenge competition with all continents of the world competing! She was delighted to be placed 7th out of 25 nations in a pioneering competition that premiered on YouTube in late December. The Artistic Swimming Virtual Challenge consisted of a 45 seconds dry land routine that was filmed using an Instagram water effect app, giving the illusion of athletes performing in the water.
Only one representative from each nation was allowed and Evie was chosen to represent GB to compete in the 13-15 female solo category. It is the latest, and one of the most interesting challenges, that Evie has been involved in since she started Artistic Swimming (formerly known as synchronised swimming) at the age of 7.
She gained her first national title in Figures at the age of 12. In 2019 Evie was selected for the England Youth Squad for 13-15 year olds, travelling to Slovakia in August of that year to compete in the first FINA Youth World Championships. On her return, she trialled for the GB Training Squad and became the only swimmer to be simultaneously selected for both the England Youth Squad and the GB Training Squad.
In more normal times, she has a rigorous training programme spending every other weekend, and school holidays, in Bristol or Aldershot training for up to 8 hours a day. Outside of the camps, Evie spends over 20 hours per week in a range of disciplines, half in the pool and the rest on land covering cardio, flexibility, core and strength work. In March 2020, her hard work and dedication to her sport paid off as she became double National Youth Champion, with golds in the Figures and the Solo event.
Lockdown cancelled the remainder of the 2020 domestic and international competition calendar for the 15 year old and training since March has looked very different as well! With the closure of swimming pools for much of the year, she has adapted her schedule to include open water swimming, lots of Zoom squad sessions and even more land based work.
Evie has more than risen to the challenges of 2020. We look forward to hearing more about her achievements in the coming months!
Manchester High girls told 'the world is your oyster' following A-level results
Today’s A-level results (15th August 2019) have proved that for students of Manchester High School for Girls, the world really is at their feet; 91% of all A-level grades secured at the School were A* to B.
15th August 2019 — Today’s A-level results (15th August 2019) have proved that for students of Manchester High School for Girls, the world really is at their feet; 91% of all A-level grades secured at the School were A* to B.
Head Mistress, Mrs Claire Hewitt, commented: “Given the current climate of political and economic uncertainty, an all-consuming digital landscape with unabated images of so-called ‘perfection’ and a gender pay gap that is far from redressed, it would be easy to believe that it’s all doom and gloom for our young women. However, these A-level results show that this group of talented, conscientious and independent girls can, and will, rise to any challenge before them.
“I applaud them for their determination and dedication and want to remind each and every one that the world is now their oyster. We say there is no such thing as a ‘typical’ Manchester High girl and this is reflected not only in the subjects the students chose to study at A-level but in the diversity of the fields they are going to pursue at a higher level. From Computer Science to Classics, History of Art to Aerospace Engineering, Music to Medicine, I am confident Manchester High girls will lead the way.”
On Cloud Nine
Nine students at Manchester’s oldest all-girls’ school secured a string of straight A* grades. Anoushka Mazumdar from Cheadle achieved four A*s in Chemistry, Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics and will be studying Computer Science at the University of Cambridge’s Churchill College. She said: “Cambridge may be renowned for its history but it’s always been at the forefront of innovation. I want to work in artificial intelligence in the future and I’m excited to explore this area more with Cambridge’s subject experts.
“Securing these grades was certainly hard work and I’d like to thank all my teachers at Manchester High, as well as my parents. I’ve felt supported every step of the way and that really has made all the difference.”
Connie Baxendell from Altrincham secured three A*s in Fine Art, English Literature, History and is set to study History of Art at UCL from September. She commented: “I’ve always been a creative person and painting is my number one passion. That said, I am really proud of the analytical skills I have developed during my three A-level subjects, the ability to critic, question and reason, and believe these will stand me in good stead when I make the leap to university.”
To Boldly Go…
As Manchester High’s A-level cohort look towards the future, three students have their sights firmly set on the stars. Sanaa Mughal from Heaton Mersey, Chloe Kadir from Cheadle and India Agravat from Glossop all wish to pursue careers in the space industry.
Sanaa will be studying Earth Science at St Anne’s College at the University of Oxford, India will be pursuing a degree in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Nottingham and Chloe will be reading Physics at Imperial College London.
Chloe said: “I can’t believe I secured straight A*s in German, Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics and am so excited to start at Imperial. I really hope that at some point during my degree I’ll be able to study under Fay Dowker, Professor of Theoretical Physics. She is a former Manchester High girl too and completed her PhD under the supervision of Professor Stephen Hawking. If there is one person who can help me get to grips with black holes and cosmology it’s her!”
Sanaa and India both agreed that it’s an exciting time for women in space. Sanaa commented: “Tomorrow, NASA will announce more details of the Artemis project which will put the first woman on the moon in the next five years. I’ll be following the progress of the mission very carefully while I’m at Oxford and am encouraged that the space industry values the contribution of female astronauts and scientists just as much as male ones.”