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Celebrations on International Women’s Day

    Saint Stephen’s College students, Old Scholars, teachers and parents shared their thoughts and feelings at the recent International Women’s Day celebrations. An audience of more than 300 packed the Goda Firkins Auditorium to hear guest speakers Freya Bidwell (Old Scholar), Belinda Eckstein (Old Scholar and teacher), Jennifer Hobbs (parent) and students from each year level.

    And, two Year 12 students were honoured at a special breakfast which attracts female students from many schools across the Gold Coast and beyond. Congratulations to Lauren Smithers who received the Performing Arts Award and Georgia Costi who received the Community Service Award. Dean of Students Kathryn Dendy said: “It was a great pleasure to escort four of our fine young female students to the breakfast celebrating International Women’s Day – Georgia Costi, Lauren Smithers, Marina Kaku and Anastassia Demeshko.” “As the recipient of the Performing Arts Award Lauren has a year-long contract with a performing arts agency next year, and as the recipient of the Community Service Award Georgia walked away with a desktop computer as acknowledgement of her fine efforts in this area. “I was very proud of our girls, including Marina Kaku and Anastassia Demeshko who also attended. The competition was strong with many schools across the Gold Coast and beyond attending. Our students were very deserving of these awards. ‘Along with our own International Women's Day celebration at the College, it was a wonderful celebration of being a women, thank you to everyone who attended. Here is the speech that Year 8 student Georgia Lili Howe shared on the day. “I think most girls feel pressure from friends, family and society to be the ideal woman. It can be overwhelming to try to fit all the different definitions of womanhood that people around us expect. It is easy to get the feeling we are not good enough and incapable of becoming the woman we are supposed to be. However, I feel being a women means going beyond what your mother thought was possible - the sky is the limit. I can walk on the moon, run for Prime Minister or I can even be a Professor. “Important women in my life, besides my mum of course, is my older sister who suffers from a chronic illness and is constantly in and out of hospital but never gives up. She has a degree in Psychological Science and is currently studying. “The other woman is Emily Biviano who is an Old Scholar and still inspires me every day. Emily taught me to not let others pressure me and to always be myself and to love who I am and accept it. As my sister quotes: ‘Be yourself because everybody else is already taken and there is no perfect woman, we are all perfectly imperfect’.”

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