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International Women’s Day - Be Bold for Change, by Mrs Patricia Woodhouse

Posted on: 8th March 2017

The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day - which we celebrate on Wednesday - is Be Bold for Change. 

At Surval, we’re celebrating our own kind of change in 2017 as we mark 55 years of excellence in girls’ education. Our school has always been unique and though it has changed in many ways from the Finishing School that opened its doors in 1961, much of what makes it so special has stayed the same. 

We are still the small, international school we always were, dedicated to supporting each and everyone of our girls, helping them to find their feet and to spread their wings. 

Speaking with members of the extended Surval family who used to study here, it’s clear that Surval changed many of them, allowing them to gain in confidence and helping them discover their individual paths. We hope those paths will lead some of them back here this June, for our graduation, where we are thrilled to welcome Survalienne, businesswoman and entrepreneur Amalia Lopez as guest speaker. 

We’re delighted to be able to celebrate her and our other alumnae in this term’s newsletter which has a specific focus on former students and we plan to make this Survaliennes newsletter an annual feature.  Our old girls are as much a part of our family as our current pupils and we’re delighted that so many of them still have such fond memories of their school, including the lifelong friendships they made and the positive impact it had on them.

It’s a story that rings true today.

In the six months since I’ve been Principal of this unique school, I’ve had the opportunity to see change at first hand in the girls who walked through the door with me in September, gaining the kind of confidence and courage that comes from the compassionate, cosmopolitan and close community that Surval has always been. 

In the lead up to International Women’s Day, this school's family has been giving a lot of thought to what this notion of change means to them.  Our Liberal Arts girls have been working on a communications project that will be developed over the course of the next few months. 

Launched this International Women’s Day, it follows the theme of Be Bold for Change, and includes a blog, where Surval students will have the opportunity to share their perspectives on issues that matter to them. As part of this, they’re already writing about other women who have inspired them, individuals whose stories and experiences show just what it is to be bold for change. The result is a fascinating and eclectic gallery which speaks volumes about the Surval girls who have created it….

This project will also allow them to develop experiences and expertise that will help them in the future. It will teach them new skills, broaden their horizons and give them the chance to understand more about the paths they may wish to follow, in whatever field that may be, and embolden them to be the change they want to be in the world - and hopefully inspire others to do the same. 

Click here for the Surval Student Blog

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