Sisterhood on show

Although young in age, if they band together and put their minds to something, they can still make a big impact.

That is the lesson a group of Year 9 students at St Stephen’s School have been learning this year and their wisdom is about to pay off as they host an Op Shop Fashion Show partnering with the Salvation Army’s Joondalup store.

“Year 9 can be an awkward grade as students are no longer the younger secondary group but aren’t yet the seniors,” School Science Teacher and Dean of Charis House Mrs Sarah Stockton-Rice said.

“I teamed up with our Head of Arts, Mrs Lesley Nation, to start up regular ‘sisterhood sessions’ for the Year 9 girls.

“Our goal was to help them see that, although being in the middle stages of high school where many are still finding their passion and pathway, fostering meaningful relationships can open the door to lots of opportunities.”

The group started by making little crafts each Thursday during Homeroom, with help from some Year 12s who became unofficial mentors for the Year 9s.

An opportunity then presented itself to partner with the local Salvation Army store in a new Fashion Show fundraising initiative and the girls were all excited to get on board.

“The Salvos came out to chat to the girls and explained that the event was both theirs to plan and showcase and, if successful, could lead to the Salvos organising a bigger event next year. The girls could then mentor some of the younger years about how to run an event like this,” Mrs Stockton-Rice said.

“We're hoping it becomes one of the events that the girls remember once they leave school and that this is their legacy but more importantly, we're hoping this shows the girls what they're capable of.”

The group have spent months brainstorming ideas, themes and outfits, documenting their progress each week to show how the event has come together.

Part of the coordination included a visit to the store where the girls sourced clothing and accessories, generously donated by The Salvos, to style on the runway.

Joondalup Salvos Store Manager Nikola Baric-Jensen said it had been a pleasure to work with the girls on the event.

“From the time that we first came out to the School to the girls coming into the Salvos Store Joondalup to pick their outfits, you can see that they have developed in confidence and have become one united group together,” Ms Baric-Jensen said.

The Op Shop Fashion Show will take place in St Stephen’s School’s Carramar Primary Forum on Tuesday, November 26 at 6pm, with all outfits for sale and proceeds to go back to The Salvation Army. Tickets are available here: https://www.trybooking.com/BGSVM

St Stephen’s School Principal Mrs Donella Beare said bespoke courses like the ‘sisterhood sessions’ show how the School caters for all group’s personalised ways of learning.

“We are so lucky to have passionate staff who recognise a need in a particular group of students and go the extra mile to ensure they learn not only the curriculum, but relational skills for the real world,” Mrs Beare said.

“It is this personalised and holistic way of learning we pride ourselves on at St Stephen’s School.

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