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Celebrating Women

Celebrating Women

Dear Parents and Guardians

This week we celebrated a special assembly and welcomed Ms Jean Rose, Principal of Russel High school as our guest, as we acknowledged the role of women in society, and in particular their role at College as we recognise National Women’s Day on 9th August.

Women’s Day celebration focus in different regions includes a general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women for their economic, political and social achievements. In some regions, the day has lost its political flavour and become simply an occasion for people to express their love for women in a way somewhat similar to a mixture of Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day. In other regions however, the political and human rights theme designated by the United Nations runs strong, and political and social awareness of the struggles of women worldwide, are brought out and examined in a positive manner.

The following quote by Harriet Stowe is relevant when we look at the role of women in society;

“Women are the real architects of society.”

It is appropriate that we at College acknowledge the many significant roles that women play and have played in the lives of College boys and ultimately College men, be that as teachers, administrators, mentors, wives, mothers, grandmothers, aunts, girlfriends etc.

In assembly we asked all our male staff and boys to stand as we acknowledged the women in our lives at College by a round of applause, after which the prefects handed each female staff member a small gift of thanks.

We were then fortunate to welcome, Ms Jean Rose, Principal of Russell High, former parent [her son Matthew is a college old boy] and very strong supporter of College in all that we do. Ms Rose has 38 years of experience in education and has been the principal at Russell since 2002. She herself is an accomplished teacher of art and former HOD of Art, deputy principal and has represented her province in hockey for over 12 years and has been a national selector as well.

In her address to the boys, Ms Rose address focussed on gender issues and the path that women have had to travel over the years to be awarded the respect and acknowledgment that they ultimately deserve and challenged our boys to be responsible young men in their relationships with their mothers and other women….

She ended with charging all the boys with the task of doing something unsolicited for the women in their lives on Woman’s Day.

Please continue to support the school by highlighting the importance of living our core values to your boys.

Pro Aris et Focis

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