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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

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 back Jessica Fox (Olympian - Kayak and Canoe). 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.