Abbotsleigh's Ruth Sanger Awards
L-R: Jessica Cejnar, Year 10 and Olivia Cejnar, Year 8 received multiple maths and science awards.
By Mrs Megan Krimmer, Headmistress
It was a great delight to be part of the Ruth Sanger Awards on Tuesday 28 February. This annual event allows Senior School parents, grandparents, friends and girls to come together to celebrate and be inspired by the girls’ exceptional achievements in mathematics and science.
One of the highlights of the evening was the opportunity to hear from our outstanding guest speaker, Miss Renee Wootton.
Miss Wootton is a proud Tharawal woman, who, after studying aerospace engineering at UNSW, is now in a graduate program at Qantas. Renee is a strong advocate for encouraging young girls to study STEM subjects and to consider a future in engineering. She also volunteers with disadvantaged Aboriginal young people through an after school program run by The Settlement in Redfern. As a result of her work in these areas, Miss Wootton has been nominated for the 2017 NSW/ACT Young Achiever Award, the winners of which will be announced later this month.
Miss Renee Wootton addressing the students.
Another highlight of the evening, was when two of our girls, Josephine Lee (12G) and Rebecca Whittle (10P), shared their experiences of visiting the inspiring facilities at the Australian National University, engaging in experiments, solving challenging problems, meeting experts and listening to career talks.
Mrs Kathryn Fraser, Head of Science Abbotsleigh Senior School.
As Ms Betina Wrightson (Head of Mathematics) and Miss Kathryn Fraser (Head of Science) note: ‘According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is the most rapidly growing area of employment in the Australian economy. It is also an area that is most under-represented by women. What is interesting, however, is that girls who attend girls’ schools are bucking this trend and choosing to study and work in STEM areas. At Abbotsleigh, the girls are afforded the opportunity to be involved in competitions, challenges and problem solving activities that seek to produce creative and critical thinkers who are enabled to engage in solving problems beyond the classroom. The message of the night was to ensure that girls studying STEM subjects understand the relevance of what they learn, its impact on society, its combination with the arts and its potential to open doors for a variety of careers.’
Miss Renee Wootton presents award to Kira Trahana, Year 9.
Throughout this year, there will be many opportunities for all our girls to be involved in STEM and STEAM activities. One such activity will see the return of Renee Wootton in Week 10 of this term to work with our Year 8 girls in a STEAM/engineering incursion day.
I would like to extend a special thank you to Ms Betina Wrightson, Miss Kathryn Fraser and every member of the Mathematics and Science Departments for their organisation of this event. I would also like to thank the Head of Music, Ms Kimbali Harding, Mrs Louise Keller and the European Touring Strings ensemble for performing a stunning piece that incorporated musical patterns and sequences. Thank you too, to the many members of the Abbotsleigh staff, parents, guests and girls who were able to share in this celebration.
L-R: Ms Mary Ann Grant, Mrs Tori Rennie, Mrs Megan Krimmer, Miss Renee Wootton, Ms Bettina Wrightson, Mrs Kathryn Fraser and Dr Elizabeth Russell.