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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 Western Sydney.

It aims to build strength in both mind and character, emboldening girls to reach their potential.


We show them how to be BOLD and stand against injustice.
We encourage them to be BRAVE and believe in themselves.
We believe every girl is BRILLIANT and can make a difference.


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Thursday 14 November 2019



9 am to 2 pm



The Bandy (St Marys Band Club)
411 Great Western Highway, St Marys

CLICK HERE to download 2019 Flyer


There is a small cost per student to contribute towards speakers. Please email girlsrising@pcs.nsw.edu.au for costs for your school (no cost for teachers). Cost includes goodie bag, morning tea and speakers - attendees bring their own lunch


All schools in Western Sydney are invited to register. REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN - PLEASE CLICK HERE TO BOOK



In addition to our Key Speaker (Melinda Tankard-Reist), we are pleased to welcome a NEW speaker, Chloe Esposito (Olympian - Modern Pentathlon). Other presenters will cover topics such as healthy lifestyle choices and self-defence, and will encourage students to have an outward focus on helping others.





Melinda Tankard-Reist

Melinda Tankard-Reist is an author, speaker, media commentator, blogger, and advocate for women and girls.


She is best known for her work addressing: sexualisation, objectification, harms of pornography, sexual exploitation, trafficking and violence against women.


Melinda is author/editor of five books including Getting Real: Challenging the Sexualisation of Girls, Big Porn Inc: Exposing the harms of the global pornography industry, and her new release Prostitution Narratives: Stories of survival in the sex trade.


An opinion writer, Melinda is also a regular on morning television and has appeared on ABC’s Q&A and The Gruen Sessions, as well as many other TV and radio programs.


Melinda is co-founder of the grassroots campaigning movement, Collective Shout: for a world free of sexploitation, exposing corporations, advertisers and marketers who objectify women and sexualise girls to sell products and services.


An ambassador for World Vision Australia, Compassion Australia and the Raise Foundation, Melinda is named in the Who’s Who of Australian Women and the World Who’s Who of Women.


CLICK HERE to view Melinda's website


Chloe Esposito OAM

Swimming, Fencing, Show Jumping, Pistol Shooting and Running. Australia’s Chloe Esposito OAM is the Rio Olympic Games Gold Medallist in one of the most demanding of all sports...The Modern Pentathlon.


Fast forward to 2016 having qualified for the Rio Olympic Games and overcoming some prolonged injuries, Chloe Esposito was poised to take on the world. After 3 disciplines Chloe was 7th. She stormed through the field with precision shooting and superior cross country running to take home the crown as Olympic Champion and Australia’s first medallist at an Olympic Games. 


Always pushing for more Chloe has set herself to two clear goals. They are to become World Champion and then to go on and represent Australia at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Back to back Olympic Gold Medals! May 2018 saw Chloe make her aspirations clear. In Kecskemet, Hungary Chloe became the first Australian to ever win a World Cup event. She then went on several months later to win the World Cup Final. She was now ranked number 1 in the World!


Career Highlights:

  • Top 10 finish at 2012 London Olympic Games 
  • First Australian to medal at a World Championships in 2012 (Bronze)
  • 4x Australian National Champion 
  • Gold Medal at 2016 Rio Olympic Games - with an Olympic Record
  • Awarded OAM in 2017 
  • ABC Sports Personality of the Year 2016
  • Women’s Health ‘I Support Women in Sport’ Moment of the Year Award – 2016 Gold Medal - World Cup 3 2018, Kecskemet, Hungary- an Australian first