This week we held the International Womens’ Day Assembly where we annually come together to acknowledge the contributions of women throughout the world and the accomplishments of our own students.
At this assembly we welcomed Monica Bladier, Community Engagement Officer for the Hon Mark Dreyfus QC MP who joined us to present leadership certificates to our Leaders.
We were also joined by our past student Professor Belinda Gabbe, the Head of the Pre-Hospital, Emergency and Trauma Research Unit in the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine. She is an injury epidemiologist with a clinical background in physiotherapy. Belinda is a Chief Investigator of the Victorian State Trauma Registry, Victorian Orthopaedic Trauma Outcomes Registry, and the Burns Registry of Australia and New Zealand. Her research focuses on the evaluation of trauma systems, trauma system improvements and measuring the burden of injury. A particular research focus is quantifying the outcomes of non-fatal injury and improving measurement of non-fatal injury burden. Belinda graduated from MGSC in 1990. Following her speech, we toured the school and along the way she spoke with many students who were interested in careers in science and medicine. Belinda is one of 20 outstanding Victorian women to have been inducted into the 2018 Victorian Honour Roll of Women.
A large number of our students have stepped up to leadership positions and the badge conferring ceremony revealed just how many students at MGSC are willing to take on these roles. Putting yourself forward to be a leader symbolises their readiness to make a contribution on behalf of others.
As you are all aware, our college was established for the purpose of providing an opportunity for girls to continue their education after Year 8. Whilst we now take this for granted, at the time it challenged the stereotypes of the day. I feel privileged to lead MGSC as girls’ schools make a tangible difference to the everyday life of their students. The Mission Australia Youth Survey 2017 revealed that compared with girls attending a coeducational school, each and every student attending a girls’ school in Australia will have 10% or more chance of participating in sport, taking part in arts/cultural/music activities, being involved in a volunteer activity, participating in student leadership activities and taking part in environmental groups or activities.
We are one of six excellent government girls’ schools in Victoria and the only one in the south eastern suburbs. We are very proud to be offering families the opportunity to benefit from attending a single-sex, forward thinking and affordable option to co-educational and private school environments. If you read our newsletter you will see that our students are all pushing the boundaries every day.
As women of today and tomorrow, it is important that we highlight our accomplishments and inform the community of the journeys that we embark on and stand united as we move into the future. We all have a voice and we need to continue to share our thoughts beyond the confines of the school gates.