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Girls Rising 2019

Around 300 Year 10 girls from nine different schools across Western Sydney gathered at St Marys Band Club for Girls Rising 2019. Coordinated by Penrith Christian School, Girls Rising is an exciting, informative and inspiring day for Year 10 girls, from public and private/independent schools, in Penrith and surrounding areas. It aims to build strength in both mind and character, emboldening girls to reach their potential.


Melinda Tankard Reist started off our day speaking to the girls about the pressures of the media and sexual exploitation of women. She empowered them to stand up against this pressure. There was complete silence and girls were glued to their seats taking in the message that Melinda was presenting for almost two hours.


2016 Rio Olympic Gold Medallist Chloe Esposito spoke about pushing forward and how hard work can get you rewarded.  She brought her gold medal and passed it around for the students to touch and take photos which was a hit for everyone!!


Emily Parker spoke about the power of having a good supportive community of friends and family around you to help through the hard times.


Brave Alicia Weir spoke about The Kids Cancer Project and how she is raising awareness and money for this cause so very important to her and her family.


We also had some items from Nepean Creative and Performing Arts High School in Emu Plains and Glenbrook Ballet Theatre who were so inspiring and just helped carry the theme of our event across their performances, that it doesn’t matter what the world says, you have a voice and you can be brave.


Thank you to our MAJOR SPONSOR St Marys Band Club, as well as our Gold Sponsors, Precise Wealth Management, Shel Design, Penrith City Council and Atmosphere Health and Fitness Club, for their continuous support.


Lyn Jagger

Head of Senior School


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