This week, our Grade 6 took to the Assembly stage and presented on inspirational women through the decades, spanning from Marie Curie, to Greta Thunberg.
“With the start of the new year, many of us naturally begin to think about what we have gone through over the past year, but this new year was even bigger – the start of the new decade. For us Grade Sixers, this is only the second decade for us to enter, which made us wonder what happened in the decades that came before us, and what women have achieved over the decades.
“Marie Curie was a physicist, chemist and a pioneer in the study of radiation. She was the first female professor at the University of Paris and the first woman to win a Nobel Prize. She also created mobile X-ray trucks which helped treat over a million soldiers in World War I. What Marie Curie taught us is to let no obstacle, no matter how big, discourage you from doing what you want.
“Hedy Lamarr was a brilliant inventor who made movies by day and invented by night, eventually creating a form of frequency that is still used in modern technology today. Do you like Wifi? You can thank Lamarr for that. She also invented a radio guidance system for allied torpedoes during World War II. Although she never received widespread recognition for her work, its impact is felt daily by every one of us in. She reminds us to be patient… and that sometimes your hobby can turn into something that can change the world.
“Although many know Oprah Winfrey as a talk show host, she uses her status as a platform to highlight global issues, such as poverty and child abuse. She has also donated millions of dollars to provide help for people in countries across the globe. However, what we were most inspired by is her self-resilience and her ability to overcome any challenge. She has taught us that the stories we tell ourselves can make or break our lives, no matter who we are. This is a reminder to all of us to always talk kindly, not only to others, but ourselves.
“Greta Thunberg, at only 15, went from being a lone protester to leading a global movement on climate change. She has now met some of the most influential world leaders. She has made our group think about what more we could be doing to help our Earth and she has taught us that no one is too small to make a difference.
“It was very difficult to choose these inspirational women because there were (and are!) so many amazing women out there. By finding out more about these women, our Advisor group has felt very inspired by what they have done and have taught us to be patient, strong, take failure well and not to be afraid to speak up.”