Girls Rising

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.


READ MORE about the story behind Girls Rising


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.






Thursday 16 November 2017



9am to 2pm



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



There is a small cost per student to contribute towards speakers. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for specific costs for your school (no cost for teachers). Cost includes goodie bag, morning tea and speakers - attendees bring their own lunch


All schools in Penrith and surrounding Nepean area are invited to register here:



In addition to our Key Speaker (Melinda Tankard-Reist) and Special Guest (Jessica Fox), 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.


OPENING ADDRESS by The Hon Tanya Davies MP (Minister for Women)

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.

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. Most recently, Jessica won a bronze medal at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games.

The Story Behind Girls Rising

Our inaugural Girls Rising event was held in 2014 and follows in the footsteps of our successful parallel event for Year 10 boys Men of Honour.


PCS recognised that Year 10 girls are at a critical stage of development, where they are defining 'who' they are, whilst being bombarded with many conflicting messages. This event aims to counter negative influences that impede girls reaching their full potential.


Girls Rising provides thought-provoking speakers to challenge how girls think about themselves and their influence on the world around them.


This is a low cost event, open to all public and private schools in the wider Nepean area.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of
Girls Rising 2017,
CLICK HERE to download a Sponsorship Kit

Thank you to the following Girls Rising 2017 Sponsors and Partners: