This International Women's Day we're celebrating courage in girls

In a world that is constantly changing, determining what is right and wrong is not easy.

At Lauriston Girls’ School, we believe that fostering physical, moral and intellectual courage is key to helping girls to effectively navigate an ambiguous world, one which does not yet work for women as it should. It helps them to stand up for themselves and what they think is right, and to forge new paths for the benefit of the greater whole.

“The courageous person believes in a cause that is worth standing up and fighting for, despite clear reasons not to. While requiring great efforts, the pay offs are greater, for self, for community, for womankind, for humankind.” Susan Just, Principal Lauriston Girls’ School.

The Lauriston DNA of courageously breaking boundaries was conceived by our founders in 1901 with their first enrolment of 12 students to Lauriston Girls’ School that realised their passionate vision to empower young women by providing them with a better education.

Today we perpetuate their bold legacy. As an all-girls’ school we enable students to feel safe to challenge themselves and break boundaries on a daily basis.

Opportunities to practice courage include embracing rigorous Outdoor and Sporting Programs, our Howqua year, through participating in camps, overseas trips and study tours, by taking on intellectual challenges within the curriculum such as the IB program or choosing a new subject elective, through participating in co-curricular activities such as debating, stepping into a leadership role, through their involvement in music or drama performances, or by showcasing their art in a public exhibition.

Nothing holds a Lauriston girl back.

Acts of courage

The spirit of breaking boundaries is evident in our alumni, many of whom have courageously forged new paths and have faced many challenges in doing so. In some cases, they have had to do what the theme of International Women’s Day is in 2022 – #BreakTheBias – and overcome the overt and subconscious biases that still exist for women today.

Here are some of their stories. 

Disrupting the status quo

Courage is a key element required to make change – as often we need to dare to disagree. Read Principal Susan Just’s thoughts on disrupting the status quo and the importance of developing bravery in girls.

A history of breaking boundaries

The idea of breaking boundaries was instilled by our founders in 1901, and it continues to pervade the fabric of a community through the many firsts we have achieved.