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Wednesday 17 July, our Year 11 and 12 girls participated in a workshop entitled “The Butterfly Effect”, presented by Storm from Enlighten Education.

Storm presented an engaging presentation that covered issues relevant to the daily lives of teenage girls in today’s society.

The idea of “The Butterfly Effect” comes from the science of chaos theory. It suggests that everything is connected, to the extent that the beating of a butterfly’s wings in one part of the world, may ultimately contribute to a tornado happening in another part of the world. We recognised that when it comes to the impact we as individuals have on our environment, small changes can make a huge difference. Enlighten’s courses and programs for teen girls are about celebrating, challenging and changing ourselves and our world.

The variety of topics covered included negative stereotyping, sexism, media images, the fixation on being thin, setting personal boundaries, safe socializing behaviours, handling inappropriate text messages, managing conflict and using the internet safely. In this workshop the girls were encouraged to critically evaluate the messages that bombard them everyday and develop strategies that help them respond intelligently and objectively.

In this workshop the girls were encouraged to seek balance in their lives. The activities were selected to help give them strategies that were fun and able to fit into any girl’s hectic lifestyle.

The feedback from our students was overwhelmingly positive and we look forward to inviting Storm back to our College again in the future.

Sarndra Bown
Year 12 Coordinator