Enlighten Education – Girls Essentials Workshop

On Tuesday 31 July, all Year 9 attended the Enlightenment Education Program called ‘Girls Essentials’ in Yallunga Hall. The aim of this program was to acquaint us with the issues facing teenage girls today, with workshops based on friendship, body image, and safety. We were all able to identify the characteristics of a positive friendship compared to toxic friendships and were also given the opportunity to strengthen our friendships through affirmations. During the workshop on body image, we went on to speak about the impact of the media on the way we perceive ourselves and the standard of beauty in our world today, and interestingly we were also exposed to how the image of beauty has changed through different time periods. This was an invaluable workshop which has helped us to love ourselves, be nice and thoughtful to others and build our self-confidence.

Below are some comments and thoughts about the day:

  • “This was such an amazing experience! I loved today! You taught me to love myself, to stick together and to not judge a book by its cover.”
  • “What I loved today was the wonderful messages of body image and loving the skin that I’m in. You showed me how to be assertive, to love everybody, to appreciate myself and to accept who I am as person. This was a wonderful experience delivered by a wonderful person!”
  • “My favourite part of today was reading everything that people think about me and realising that everyone is in the same boat. I now know that it’s okay to be different and that I am my own kind of beauty. You’re amazing – I really enjoyed this!”
  • “I really enjoyed talking about female power and topics that are not normally brought up in our society. I learnt to have respect, to love myself, to not gossip and to be positive.”
  • “Love the Skin You’re In’ was the best because it taught me to be confident and love myself, even though I’m not perfect. I now know how to be aware of danger, to stay positive, to never doubt myself and how to approach serious conversations.”

 

Natasha Petrov, Celina Sabella, Olivia Guardala and Kate Glavocevic (Year 9)