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National Women’s Month

National Women’s Month

Virtual Assembly 3 August 2020

The link to the video for this Assembly is here 

Good morning and welcome back to all staff and 6th form.

To the 6th Form, I apologise most sincerely for the continual disruption to your learning and your overall final year College experience. I have no doubt that these past four months have left you feeling very disappointed,  frustrated and potentially angry as you quite rightly feel a sense of having been robbed of something you have looked forward to since 2nd Form and Vietnam. These disruptions unfortunately, have been completely out of your and our control.

Our commitment to you is that we will strive resolutely,  to rescue whatever we can for you, so that you can leave College with your head held high and with a sense of pride and accomplishment. As mentioned to you previously, through adversity comes strength and you have all shown how resilient, committed and determined you have been to date and we the staff acknowledge this sincerely.

There are changes once again to the year calendar and NSC exam dates and we will inform you of these asap so that you can plan accordingly. I wish to reassure you that you have the staff’’s backing and support  and if you are struggling in any way,  PLEASE do not hesitate to reach out and seek their help as we continue to charter these turbulent waters.

At the moment you are the only form back at school and we will keep you posted when the other forms will return.



Proverbs 31: 26 – 29  [on the screen]:
She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. 26 She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. 27 She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. 28 Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: 29 “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.

Please bow your heads as we pray:
‘Heavenly Father, let us be grateful  and appreciative for what women  do for us on a daily basis and let us at no time take them for granted and at all times treat them with the respect they deserve ‘

 Please join me as we say the Lord’s Prayer together 



THEME: Women’s Week at College

Feminism isn’t about making women strong. Women are already strong. It’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength.” ~ GD Anderson


What does Women’s Month mean?

Women’s History Month is an annual declared month that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society.

International Women’s Day (IWD) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.

This year, the theme is each for equal. An equal world is an enabled world. “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights”

Why do we have public holiday on 9th August called National Women’s Day?

Is a tribute to the more than 20 000 women who marched to the Union Buildings on 9 August 1956 in protest against the extension of Pass Laws to women. – fighting for equal rights for ALL women.

The day commemorates the 1956 march to petition against the country’s pass laws that required South Africans defined as “black” under The Population Registration Act to carry an internal passport, known as a pass, that served to maintain population segregation, control urbanisation, and manage migrant labour during the apartheid era.

Gender-based violence (GBV)

Genderbased violence (GBV) is violence that is directed at an individual based on his or her biological sex OR gender identity. It includes physical, sexual, verbal, emotional, and psychological abuse, threats, coercion, and economic or educational deprivation, whether occurring in public or private life.

What are the main causes of GBV?  

  • Harmful Gender Norms. Gender stereotypes, are often used to justify violence against women, homophobia,…
  • Hunger. Just as empowering women can help eliminate hunger, food scarcity also leads to increased gender-based violence
  • War and conflict.

This video provides insight as to why GBV is so prevalent in SA and what can be done about it?

What can we do as a school do to prevent GBV?

  1. Prevention: Curriculum, teaching and learning
  2. Educate yourself and others about GBV. The first line of prevention is education.
  3. Curriculum approaches that prevent violence and promote gender equality.
  4. Training and educating staff to give them the tools to prevent and respond to GBV
  5. Create safe spaces where co-curricular interventions can be a useful entry point e.g. mentor groups, Social Awareness Forum (SAF)
  6. A collective voice on social media to bring awareness to GBV.
  7. Show kindness, support and love for known victims and do not ostracise them

In conclusion , It is appropriate that we at College acknowledge the role that women play and have played in the lives of the boys and men, be that as wives, mothers, grandmothers, aunts, teachers, sisters, girlfriends etc.

May I ask that all the male staff and boys stand as we acknowledge the women in our lives at College with a round of applause.

Thank you

Please ensure that you do something special for the women in your lives next Monday as we all enjoy a day of rest.

Pro Aris et Focis

Stay healthy and safe

Please stand as we sing the College Anthem