Inspiring Women's Symposium
Part of the 120th anniversary
St Michael's Collegiate School recently held an Inspiring Women's Symposium as part of the School's celebrations for its 120th anniversary. The symposium featured women who have made an impact in the civic life of our community. They shared their stories in an engaging, interactive, thought-provoking and entertaining day.
Many of the speakers were old girls of the School, others friends and all spoke eloquently about the challenges, successes, elation, melancholy, hardship and opportunities they had experienced throughout their lives. Speakers included women who have influenced our community, and women who have made a difference by being change agents for good.
Many of the women referred to their experiences at Collegiate and how this, coupled with the support they received from family and friends, was pivotal in shaping their attitudes towards their life and career.
The Symposium was officially opened by Mrs Frances Underwood. Like the other amazing women who spoke throughout the day, Mrs Underwood reiterated the importance of belonging in finding one's pathway in life and how caring for others is so life-affirming.
One of the speakers, Jo Cook said,
‘You don't have to start a business or achieve the top position in your profession to be inspiring or successful; it's about inspiring young girls to be the best that they can be'
Story and photo: Emma Munnings