The Australia Day Council of South Australia hosted a new event at the National Wine Centre this year, at which eight women who had risen to the top of their field were invited to share their journey. Ms Kate Berry (Head of Chemistry) and I invited eight Year 11 female students to accompany us. It had been sold out quickly, so we felt very fortunate to have tickets.
All eight presenters were amazing but we agreed that there were a few standouts for all of us. Dr Gill Hicks who was injured in the London bombings explained the directions she has taken since this life-changing event. Flavia Tata Nardini, CEO of Fleet Space Technologies, told us about how she ended up in South Australia and basically made her own job as there was no space industry here—she was most entertaining. Finally, Gabrielle Kelly, Director at SAHMRI Wellbeing and Resilience Centre, shared her mental health journey with us and emphasised the importance of wellbeing as a new goal for everyone.
Talking to the students afterwards, they all found it really engaging and appreciated the opportunity. I am hoping to be able to find a similar event to take some of our Year 11 young men to, so they also can be inspired and challenged.
Head of Senior School