International Women's Day

Each of Haileybury's campuses celebrated International Women’s Day with a focus on educating students about its significance and the contribution of women throughout history and in our contemporary times.

At the City campus, Middle School students reflected on the legacy of female inventors and compared advertising campaigns for women’s products with those for men’s products. Girls and boys also heard a brief history of the day from our Year 8 leaders and contributed to a paper chain, which hung proudly between Levels 4 and 5 in the week leading up to the event.

The students enjoyed purple cupcakes at recess, representing the colours of the Suffragette movement, and Girls Middle School students had the opportunity to participate in a Girls Got Talent talent show.

Our Newlands campus celebrated with special guest Natalie Kyriacou from My Green World, who spoke to Newlands Middle School students about her experiences in Sri Lanka and Borneo working on animal conservation projects.

Natalie is the Founder and CEO of My Green World and created the World of the Wild mobile game app. Her work has been featured in various publications, including Australian Geographic, Huffington Post and Wildlife Photographic Magazine.

More than 100 members of the Brighton Senior School community, students, staff and parents, celebrated with a breakfast designed to bring the women of Haileybury together. Senior School students Nicola Henry (Year 12) Georgina Le Maistre (Year 11) Summer Chan (Year 10) and Victoria Paitaridis (Year 9) reflected upon the 2019 campaign theme #balanceforbetter.

The students drew on personal, local, national and international stories where women have pushed for gender equity and worked to right the imbalance between the sexes. All four students spoke with great passion and poise, inspiring our community to work towards a world that is balanced for better.

At Berwick Senior School, Old Haileyburian Jessica Kemper (OH 2014) inspired the group with a passionate speech focusing on balance for better and driving gender equality across the world. At the Senior School Girls Assembly at Keysborough, Zara McDonald (OH 2012) spoke about being true to oneself and establishing an identity that is unique.

It was incredible to see our young women—and men—reflect on this important day and support each other.