On Wednesday 28th February, Sixth Formers at Bruton School for Girls were honoured to host Flight Lieutenant Kerry Bennett of TV series ‘Do you Have What it Takes?’ fame to their annual Science Week lecture.
The BBC 2 series followed 12 aspiring astronauts who were put through a series of gruelling challenges where both physical strength and psychological aptitude were tested. While she didn’t win, Kerry got to the last three and has not given up on her dream to make it to Space!
A passionate, ambitious and engaging role model Kerry spoke convincingly about the need to work hard, dream big and never give up! Her presentation spoke honestly about failure and how we all learn so much more from what we fail at than what we get right first time.
A hugely accomplished female Voyager pilot who has a Masters in Geophysics, Kerry inspired the girls with her stories, bravery, and her impressive career in the RAF, one of her many highlights being, flying Daniel Craig into Camp Bastion in Afghanistan.
‘Take risks’ was one key message, which echoes the school’s work on mental toughness and resilience. Upper Sixth student Georgie, of North Cadbury, found the presentation hugely motivating saying: "Kerry made it clear that if you don’t reach your goal you mustn’t give up. Take a different approach and you will get there… eventually!"
At Bruton School for Girls, where 70% of Sixth Formers study at least one STEM subject, Science is popular and successful. As Headmistress, Nicky Botterill, says: "The all-girls nature of our classes means our pupils aren’t intimidated by being the minority in a Physics lesson. Girls are at the heart of every subject and our girl-centred approach allows her to pursue her passions and achieve her dreams."
Kerry’s lecture was part of the school’s Lecture Programme, held on Wednesday evenings, and is designed to inspire and broaden horizons, covering everything from Michael Eavis on The Glastonbury Festival to Edible Art with The Bakemonger. Members of the public are welcome, please click here for more details.