INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY AT THE PRIMARY CAMPUS
The history of International Women’s day is political. It began with struggle and protest to change laws including the right to vote.
In 2021, the law may be mostly on the side of equality but there is still much to be done about stereotypes and discrimination that hold all of us back. Who wants to be stuck in a box? Not even Houdini!
The written word is, and has always been, a powerful tool in the fight for equality. There is much to celebrate, and it is a great day to remember the women pioneers no longer with us and celebrate and amplify the voices of the powerful women speaking out today.
Year 6 leaders were challenged with telling the stories of some of these women at the Primary Campus. They produced a series of images and explanations that ran on our screens around the school all day and visited the Reception classrooms. The leaders shared the following reflections:
“If a boy watches TV they often see people who look like them (men) so they think to themselves I can do that when I grow up but a girl doesn’t think the same. So International Woman’s Day is about all the young girls who don’t see as many other women on TV and so don’t think they can do what the boys are doing because they are a girl. International Women’s day was all about celebrating all the other woman out there and to get all the girls to think to themselves that they can be anything when they are older. And that they don’t have to be a boy to be what they want to be!” – Nikola
“We read Cathy Freeman’s story to the Receptions and they loved it, which is lucky as they are a tough audience!” – Sonny & Nikola
“The theme was #choosetochallenge. We wrote about women like Ash Barty and Greta Thunburg. We had to research about the women’s lives and how they challenged themselves and others around them. They all achieved really impressive things. I created a book about Erin Phillips. I chose Erin because I thought the younger kids would be interested in her story and may have heard her on the radio in the mornings. I also chose her because she is a local sports superstar who has achieved amazing things in her sporting career in basketball and AFLW. Erin is inspirational because she challenged the football clubs by playing in boys’ teams until she was not allowed to anymore, then after an amazing career in basketball she started playing AFLW at age 31 and she won MVP for the Women’s League. It was fun to read the books to the younger students on International Women’s Day. Everyone really enjoyed it and the Reception kids made lots of comments about the books and wanting to achieve things like the women in the books. We read to them in small groups which was good because we could talk with more confidence and it gave the Reception students a chance to talk to us and make comments. They made nice comments like “that book was good” and “I want to play that sport”. They were just as inspired listening to the stories as we were researching and writing them. Overall it was a really good and fun experience for both the Receptions and the Year 6s. We learnt a lot about really inspirational women and the cool things that they all did when they challenged themselves.” – Marcus
“As we read the book the Receptions were very quiet and by the end they blew us away with all of the questions. One of the questions wasn’t even a question it was “I like that book.” Marcus was quite happy that everyone liked our book. What we wanted to do was give the little girls and boys a growth mindset on being what they want to be when they are older. Boys see men doing things and they think “I can do that” but with girls they don’t think about that as much as boys because women aren’t shown as much. We talked to them about some inspiring women that have made a difference in the world and that have successfully achieved what they wanted to be when they were little. For example, Greta Thunburg is eighteen and is already an activist for the environment!” – Kaylen
“When we went into the class with the Receptions it was quite nice to see them all sit down in front of us to listen to our story. We read them our story and I’m pretty sure they loved it! We wrote the story about Mea C Jemison .” – Alex & Oliver
“Ash Barty was the person we chose to read this to Receptions and Year 1. They liked it and asked us heaps of questions. We also gave them our book.” – Arthur & Harvey
“Amelia Earhart was the first women to cross the Atlantic Ocean unassisted for 15 hours straight. We read to a Year 1 class and all three Reception classes. They were excited and it was fascinating to answer their questions.” – Jeremy, Mitchell, Will & Marco
Remember words have power but actions make a difference.
Ms Joanne Gilmore, Director of Teaching & Learning – Primary
REPLACE THE WASTE ART EXHIBITION OPENING AND PRIZE
Green Industries South Australia, The Adelaide Festival and Adelaide City Library partnered together to put forward an opportunity to hold an Art Exhibition of student work in response to the theme of “What can we do about single-use plastics?” Students were asked to channel their thoughts into a creative call for action by designing a poster, creating a media advertisement, or making a sculpture from banned single-use plastics items.
The exhibition has a selection of Year 6 posters and sculptures exhibited in the Innovation Lab and main room of the Adelaide City Library (level 6) up until 26 March. I encourage you to go and have a look at the colourful and imaginative displays from St Michael’s College, as well as a number of other schools in the library.
We have also received $100 from Green Industries SA to go towards and environmental project at the school!
For more information please click here.
Ms Kate Tyrwhitt, Art & Design Teacher – Secondary
YEAR 8 FEMALE LEADERS
This week the Year 8 Female Leaders from the Secondary Campus visited the Primary Campus to meet the 16 new Reception girls. This was a part of St Michael’s College new G.E.M. (Girls Empowerment Mentoring) Program that will run twice per term in 2021. The program has the following aims
- Assist the Reception girls with the College’s transition into primary co-education
- Provide the Receptions with strong female role models
- Challenge Year 8 students with leadership opportunities
- Fulfill the College’s vision of community
The Year 8 Leaders and Reception girls have already formed strong bonds during their first ‘get to know you’ session and we look forward to seeing our Reception’s confidence continue to flourish with the support of their Year 8 mentors.
Miss Annabel Lampard, Girls Pastoral Care Teacher – Primary