School hon­ours role of women

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

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.”

Pic­ture: Bruce Hunt

Maria Hodges with young stu­dents.

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