Assumption Y13 Pupil Leads Way To The ICC

Caoimhe Roe will represent her school in the SistersIN leadership event at the ICC Waterfront

Caoimhe Roe will represent her school in the SistersIN leadership event at the ICC Waterfront

Year 13 pupil Caoimhe Roe at the Assumption Grammar School in Ballynahinch is to represent pupils at her school at a special event involving ten schools at the ICC Waterfront in Belfast later in March with SistersIN.

SistersIN, which is a charity that was established in 2022 and is currently in the inaugural year of its programme that aims to enable, empower, and develop female pupils in education to become the leaders of tomorrow.

Caoimhe is developing her leadership skills with the help of mentor Oonagh O’Reilly.

The A-Level student studying Biology, Chemistry and Drama would like a career in medicine, but the love of her life is drama.

She is a member of the Junior Glee Singers in Newcastle and has just finished performing a lead role in the Disney production, ‘The Little Mermaid’.

Caoimhe Roe, Year 13 student at the Assumption Grammar School, is representing the pupils at her school who are involved in the SistersIN leadership initiative. (Photo: Jim Masson/Down News).

“Through SistersIN, each pupil will also get the opportunity to gain work experience, explore real life career options and connect with inspiring female leaders through the assignment of a mentor.

“In our school at the moment we are organising events, fundraising, helping with charitable work, all developing our leadership capabilities.” said Caoimhe. “It is great fun.

“There are 52 pupils at the Assumption Grammar School involved in the SistersIN programme. The motto of SistersIN is ‘leaving the door open and the ladder down.’

“They are really great to work with, and make leadership something very enjoyable to learn and experience.

“The mentors are female leaders with at least 5 years’ experience and come from all different kinds of businesses, professions or walks of life to provide a broad range of perspectives and diversity to the mentees.

“Each girl is designated a mentor to help put leadership into action.”

The SistersIN programme currently has 10 partnering schools throughout Northern Ireland, with a total of 180 pupils in sixth forms taking part.

Caoimhe added: “One pupil from each school has been assigned the task of organising the SistersIN Celebration event which will take place later this month (24th) at the ICC Waterfront, Belfast.

“The 10 representatives will get the opportunity to take ownership and showcase their leadership skills by taking over ICC for the day.

“I’m really looking forward to this experience,” she said.