Empowering students to achieve ambitious goals

WITH student voice and advocacy within and beyond the school highly valued, Canterbury Girls High School (CGHS) aims to empower young women to become active and resilient, lifelong learners.

Principal Belinda Conway Student says leadership programs are essential in building students’ self-esteem and confidence, encouraging their involvement in community and ability to work collaboratively to achieve ambitious goals.  Senior students additionally train in mentoring and deliver ongoing workshops with incoming Year 7 students to support transition.
“These mentoring relationships continue throughout the junior years of school where our mentees then train to be mentors,” Ms Conway said.
Research shows that sport participation drops as girls enter their teens, however CGHS has this year launched a program to foster high performance as well as encourage social sport through lunchtime competitions and school carnivals.
Meanwhile student leadership groups comprising over 100 students, promote inclusivity, harmony and cultural awareness through whole school and community events, including International Women’s Day, NAIDOC Week, Harmony Day, Multicultural Days, International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), Earth Hour, RU Okay?, National Day of People with a Disability, World’s Greatest Shave, Biggest Morning Tea and many more.
In 2023, student leaders coordinated a Leadership Market Day which celebrated and promoted student leadership in addressing social issues.
CGHS also links closely with neighbouring primary and high schools, engaging in opportunities to build inclusivity and extend the curriculum.
“Proactive programs create connected school communities. At CGHS we see student voice as critical in building strong relationships that support student wellbeing,” Ms Conway said.
“Our students are socially aware and active in their support of others, helping build a harmonious environment and strong relationships across the grades.