IGS Principal Shauna Colnan, Director of Advancement Julia Glass and six of Year 12 leaders visited Lou’s Place women’s refuge in Potts Point.
They met Community Services and Open Dialogue Coordinator Lavender Bates, who facilitated a workshop for the students about respectful relationships and how to spot red flags.
IGS presented a cheque to Lou’s Place for $360, through funds raised from a recent bake sale, as well as multiple baskets of toiletries collected from generous members of the School community.
Gabrielle: “Today was a day I will never forget. I feel so grateful to have been surrounded by so many intelligent and caring women on this year’s International Women’s Day.”
Maya: “Being in the environment and doing a workshop with someone who cares so deeply for other people was so heartwarming and rewarding because not only did Lavender inspire me to want to be a better person but also the things she taught us about red flags in relationships, some you don’t actually realise you have normalised, when in fact they are not okay. All in all, such a rewarding and moving experience.”
Bridget: “Visiting the women’s refuge with my fellow women leaders was an experience I hold close to my heart. Upon arrival we were welcomed by the women at the shelter with big smiles. While there, we were told some unforgettable stories and discussed what feminism truly is. This was a beautiful day shared with beautiful women!
Hayley: “I thought visiting Lou’s Place was an amazing experience and it was wonderful to be shown around by the people who work there, including Lavender. I learned a lot and it was wonderful to be surrounded by a lovely group of empowered women.”