School honours role of women
WESLEY College was among the organisations celebrating the role of women in society during International Women’s Day.
Junior school students sold wristbands with proceeds going to Care Australia, an organisation that provides relief to poor communities and has a special focus on working with women to bring about change.
The school is co-educational from pre-kindergarten to Year 6 but has only boys in its upper school.
Head of junior school Maria Hodges said the idea of holding activities on the day was to teach students about respecting women.
“The idea was floated by one our junior staff members to recognise the role of young women,” she said.
“We have only male students from Year 7 so I was wondering how it would be accepted but all the families jumped on board and I even had students come up to me and say ‘happy International Women’s Day, Mrs Hodges’.
“Some of the students told me d466437 how they made tea or picked flowers for their mothers to show how much they care about them.
“It’s important when boys become men that they can work with women to live purposeful lives.”
Mrs Hodges said the school was committed to making sure students were strong thinkers and contributors to society.
“A day like today can help solve community issues such as alcohol abuse and domestic violence,” she said.
“Some of our junior girls wore purple hair ribbons and we had our Year 12 students come down and help run activities.
“Most importantly was that junior classes were educated about women’s contribution to society.”
Maria Hodges with young students.