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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 Penrith and surrounding areas.

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

2019 Flyer available soon 
OR for more info EMAIL girlsrising@pcs.nsw.edu.au
OR CALL Lyn Jagger on 02 4737 4300


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 FOR 2019 WILL OPEN SOON - check our Facebook page for updates!



In addition to our Key Speaker (Melinda Tankard-Reist), we are pleased to announce that we have TWO Special Guests returning in 2019: Jessica Fox (Olympian - Kayak and Canoe) and Eloise Wellings (Olympian - long distance runner, and founder of Love Mercy Foundation). 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


Jessica Fox

Jessica Fox competes in the kayak single event (K1W) and the canoe single event (C1W).


She made her first international junior team in 2009 and has won numerous junior events including the Australian Youth Olympic Festival, the Junior World Championships (5 titles) and won the first Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. She made her first Open team in 2010 and has competed in a number of World Cup events, winning 3 World Cups in 2010 and 2011 in the C1 event.


In 2011 Jessica juggled her sporting commitments while finishing her HSC. She placed 1st in the state for PDHPE, achieved Band 6 in all her subjects and finished with an ATAR of 99.1 and Dux of Blaxland High School. In 2012, Jessica competed at the Junior World Championships in the USA where she won three gold medals. She represented Australia at the London 2012 Olympic Games and won a silver medal. She became the youngest woman in canoe slalom to win an Olympic medal.


Jessica created history in 2014 becoming the first woman to win two events (K1 & C1) at the U23 World Championships in Penrith, NSW and at the World Championships in the USA. Jessica won a bronze medal at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games and most recently, she became World Champion for the 2nd time in the K1 event, in October 2017.



Eloise Wellings

Holding the under 6’s record in shot put at Little Athletics, Eloise began to show promise as a middle and long distance runner at the age of 10 and moved her focus. Watching the Barcelona Olympics inspired her, and she decided that she wanted to one day compete for Australia. ​


Having qualified for the 2000 Sydney Olympics at just 16 years old, it seemed that her dream had come true. However she suffered a heartbreaking stress fracture, her first of 11, and was unable to compete at the Olympics in her own backyard. She didn’t give up on her dream, which finally came to fruition in 2012 when she represented Australia at the London Olympics in the 10,000m, 5000m track events, placing 21st and 23rd respectively. ​


Other career highlights include a gold medal in the 5000m University Games in 2003, 4th in the 5000m at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne in 2004, and 6th at the Dehli Commonwealth games in the 10000m in 2010. ​At the Rio Olympics Eloise was the highest placing Australian Athlete in the history of the 10,000m, finishing 10th in a personal best time. She followed her career best result with a 9th place finish in the 5000m final. ​


Eloise is a founding Director of the Love Mercy Foundation which exists to see Northern Ugandans live an empowered life, free to claim their basic human rights to a secure food supply, income, education, health, and equality, through sustainable development projects.


CLICK HERE to view Eloise Welling's website