12 Oct 2016
The girls in the Junior School have recently been exposed to inspirational women who are leading in various fields of endeavour and are willing to share their own experiences. Last term Kim Brennan (Crow ’03) had a profound impact on the girls, as she shared her own story of competing in the Rio Olympics and the journey of self-development that it has taken her on. Through her experiences she was able to highlight the values of resilience, respect, persistence, and the impact of a growth mindset on her ultimate success after many years of hard work. The girls were inspired by her journey and the gold medal that she won was the icing on the cake.
Last week the Year 6 Community Service Team worked with Mrs Odman to organise Morgan Koegel, CEO of Melbourne-based charity OneGirl, to speak with the Junior School at Assembly. The girls listened attentively and were both inspired and motivated by her own story and the impact that she is having on girls. Throughout this term OneGirl will be the focus of the Community Service Team as they endeavour to raise support for their work through both awareness and fund raising.
On Tuesday this week the girls in Years 5 to 8 attended our UN International Day of the Girl Child address which was given by Holly Ransom. Holly is an accomplished professional in her own right and a gifted speaker. She was able to share stories and anecdotes that demonstrate her values and her achievements. Holly then joined a number of girls, parents, special friends and staff for lunch. We were also excited to have our very own Mia A (Year 5) share her speech from the Public Speaking Showcase on gender equality.
Ms Elizabeth Broderick, former Sex Discrimination Commissioner, often used the phrase ‘you can’t be what you can’t see’ and it has certainly resonated with us here at Ruyton. We believe that the girls need to see strong female role models who are leading in a range of areas. Through their stories and the opportunity to interact, we have no doubt that the girls will consider more deeply the kind of people that they want to be and the impact that they will have at this formative stage in their own lives. This is not to say that we will all lead exceptional public lives, but we can all lead exceptional lives and this is the message that I hope the girls will hear. Finding your passion and committing to your own pathway to always do your best is something that we want for all of the girls, irrespective of which pathway they choose. Leading a life of impact is something that we want every girl to achieve, for our Ruyton girls and for the many girls around the world, who have limited opportunities and capacity to direct their lives. May the opportunities to increase the access to education for girls and young women improve through events and special days and may our willingness and capacity to ‘lean in’ to support girls around the world grow.
Mrs Nicole Ginnane
Head of Junior School
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