It Is OK To Shine
26 Aug 2021
“It’s OK to shine”, says Dannielle Miller, Class of 1987, who has recently been awarded The Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the 2021 Queen’s Birthday Honours and is proud of this recognition for her service to education, women and youth.
“Everywhere we turn, we’re bombarded by messages telling us that girls should be riddled with self-doubt and self-loathing. ‘She’s up herself’ or ‘She thinks she is so good’ and yet it is important for us to be proud of our talents and abilities and become more comfortable discussing our achievements. Why? Because this will not only help us in our career and life, it will encourage others to be upfront about their skills and goals too”.
Dannielle is the co-founder and CEO of Enlighten Education, a leading provider of in-school workshops for teens which she co-founded in 2003. Dannielle began her career as a teacher and it was in this role that she realised that the needs of teenage girls were often going under the radar. Dannielle went on to create the Lighthouse Project, which pairs at-risk students with workshop mentors to help them develop employment skills; she developed a HSC course in service learning which nurtures students’ entrepreneurial skills while involving them in meaningful community work and she co-founded Enlighten Education which has worked with more than 25,000 young people aged between 10 - 18 each year across Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia.
And if this hasn’t kept Dannielle busy enough she has also managed to find the time to write five books (including the best selling title ‘The Butterfly Effect’ which looks at raising happy, confident girls), has her own newspaper column at The Daily Telegraph and writes regularly for other publications such as The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Mamamia, Huffington Post and Stellar magazine.
Given Dannielle’s obvious flair for writing it is no surprise that her favourite subject at school was English and her favourite teacher at Catherine McAuley was Mr Gill who taught her English in her senior years. “Mr Gill fostered my love of literature and encouraged my feminism - I remember one project where he persuaded me to do an analysis of advertisements from the 1950s aimed at women and compare them to the marketing messages of the present day. He also taught me not just about the texts we studied for the HSC but also about what it truly means to be an educator; lessons that held me in good stead when I later became an English teacher myself”.
Dannielle is an example of not only a strong work ethic but someone who is happy to shine and who will continue to push herself to achieve more. “At the moment we desperately need girls who will raise their hand and say, ‘Yes please! Pick me!’ because the statistics on women and leadership show we seriously need a girl-power injection”.
Dannielle Miller has shown that drive and passion can make a difference and is a wonderful example that McAuley Girls Do Amazing Things!
25 Nov 2022
Year 10 NINJAS 😀 Year 10 PASS students had their ‘ninja’ skills put to the test last week as they attended Ninja 101 in Prospect. The students attended as part of their Lifestyle, Leisure and Recreation Unit and participated in a variety of challenging obstacles including swinging monkey bars, balance beams, cargo nets and a series of difficult upper body challenges. A highlight of the course was the warped wall with students challenged to climb the 1.5m, 3.5m and 5m walls.
24 Nov 2022
AROUND THE CLASSROOMS ➡ Year 9 French students of Ms Nenchev have been practising conversational French. The students have been role playing how to buy a train ticket to Paris. Bon voyage girls!
24 Nov 2022
AROUND THE CLASSROOMS ➡ To finish their study on Shogunate Japan Year 8 History students of Mrs Nicolson dressed up last Thursday as Samurai. The students worked in groups to source their materials for the dress ups which were to replicate the features of Samurai armour. Shogunate Japan was within Mediaeval times and as part of their study students have learned about the range of groups in society, including the Samurai, a special class of warriors who are still well known today. Mrs Nicolson said that the students thoroughly enjoyed showing off their creativity and in the quiz afterwards the students were able to correctly name all the features and names of the armour. To finish up the lesson the Year 8 students practised the skill of origami folding, a traditional Japanese craft. Students were encouraged to make designs that could be passed onto their families or members of the community as a gesture of appreciation and gratitude.
24 Nov 2022
Year 8 Technology Mandatory students of Mr Lennon and Mr Cavill have been looking at force, energy and motion as part of their Engineering Unit in Technology Mandatory. The students were challenged to build a cardboard roller coaster which must have as a minimum a loop and a left and right turn.
24 Nov 2022
Earlier this month four Year 11 Student Leaders were invited by Student Leaders from Mercy Catholic College, Chatswood to attend an afternoon tea. Student Leaders from other Mercy schools in Sydney were also invited.
23 Nov 2022
Meet the Year 10 Newcombe Ball Champions! 🥳🥳 Year 10 students battled it out today at lunchtime for the title of ‘Newcombe Ball Champions’! Well done to all students who participated in the series of games which ended with the Year 10 grand final. Year 7 students will have their chance to compete on Friday.
23 Nov 2022
FUTURE ENTREPRENEURS 💡Last Thursday Year 7 students gathered together in the Morley Centre for the Future Anything Activate Program Grand Final. The top Year 7 teams pitched their product and solution to the wellbeing issue they were trying to solve. This year the students have been taking part in this program which has seen the students involved in lessons and activities designed to empower young people with the knowledge, skills, support, and partnerships to develop innovative ideas that solve problems. The top teams pitched their ideas to two judges from Anything Activate and the whole Year 7 Form.
22 Nov 2022
Congratulations to the Year 8 Newcombe Ball Champions! 😀 Last Friday the final of the Year 8 Newcombe Ball competition was held with three final rounds played before the grand final to determine the Year 8 Champions! Ms Pasion, Sports Coordinator, said all Year 8 teams showed great sportsmanship with the grand final a competitive and enjoyable game. The Years 9 - 11 teams will play their rounds during lunchtime over the next two weeks.
21 Nov 2022
Last night was the Parramatta Diocesan Rise Up! World Youth Day Celebration Mass held at St John XXIII Glenwood - Stanhope Gardens. ✝️ The celebration of youth and commissioning of youth and school leaders was attended by a number of McAuley students who were accompanied by Ms Refalo, Ms Grigson and Ms Banks.
19 Nov 2022
More Cupcakes!! 🧁🧁 This time it is Year 9 Food Technology students of Ms Maher who made and decorated cupcakes to reflect a theme they had chosen. Some of the themes chosen by the students included a baby shower, Christmas and Halloween. The students completed this work as part of their unit ‘Food, Service and Catering’.
18 Nov 2022
Our Science and PDHPE staff had a fantastic afternoon on Monday at the Western Sydney University The MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development. Staff learnt about the research conducted by the Institute and potential learning collaboration opportunities for our students. Thank you to Celia Harris and Caroline Jones for hosting us - it is always great to connect with our Westmead neighbours!
17 Nov 2022
Around the Classrooms ➡ Year 10 Geography students of Miss Spelman were challenged to model some of the landforms along Australian coastlines which they have been learning about. The students used play dough to model the landforms as they mimicked the formation process.