Our Junior School came together with representatives from the Senior School recently to reflect upon the importance of International Women’s Day. International Women’s Day provides us with an opportunity to think about girls and women and the achievements that they make with the support of mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, families, friends and the wider community. These are the people who support the decisions we make and give us the confidence to try something challenging and new. The themes addressed in the Assembly reflected upon not only the need to elevate girls and women, but acknowledged the boys and men who provide support and care, and reminded us of the need for teamwork.
At the Assembly, a panel of fearless girls from Years 6 to 11 including, Juliet B, Ruby B, Jacqueline D, Eilidh L, Maggie M, Paige M and Sascha G spoke about strength, courage, beliefs and inspirations. Hosted by Hazel H and Nina S (Year 5) and Stephanie Z (Year 8), the panellists reflected upon the historical role modelling of women, the importance of equity between women and men, the need to be fearless and suggestions about how to ‘get involved’ and make a difference.
As Stephanie so articulately advised the students:
‘So today, I encourage you to do something extra ordinary like showing an act of kindness, or … talking to someone you wouldn’t usually talk to, or by raising your voice for something that really matters to you, because in order for us to all be Fearless Girls, we must begin by doing something extraordinary.’
If our students are a reflection of what the future looks like, we look forward to seeing them continue to grow into confident, articulate, thoughtful and curious young women.
Ms Kate Giles
Head of Junior School