08 December 2014

Inspiring Speech Day

Our Junior School girls celebrated another successful year of learning and friendship at this year’s Junior School Speech Day. Head of Junior School Ms Sarah Guy spoke of the dedication and determination of the staff and the girls in their pursuit of a ‘love of learning.’ The girls were thrilled to be joined by inspirational speaker and Founder of Robogals, Marita Cheng who at the age of 25 has achieved so much and is a true example of the power of learning and education.

As a university student Marita was named 2012 Young Australian of the Year. She demonstrates vision and leadership well beyond her years and in October 2012 she was named one of 100 Women of Influence by The Australian Financial Review and Westpac.

Marita founded Robogals Global in 2008, with the aim of encouraging women to study and work in technology and engineering. Robogals uses fun and educational activities to teach schoolgirls about engineering and the difference that engineers make to our lives.

Already Robogals has run robotics workshops for 7,000 girls across 90 schools in Australia and now has 16 chapters across Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States and Japan.

"Girls in the Junior School take part in the Robogals program in conjunction with The University of New South Wales and they love the challenges it brings, building and programming robots and developing their team work skills." said Ms Guy.

Marita gave an inspiring speech and said that hard work and determination combined with a passion for learning will undoubtedly lead to success. She reminded them to constantly question, "How can I be more?"