10/12/18—Lower School girls at the Nightingale-Bamford School celebrated International Day of the Girl on October 11 with a special assembly designed to get the girls thinking about their place in the world.
The assembly began with everyone singing “Hold Everybody Up” by vocal activist Melanie DeMore. The girls sang a rendition that incorporated new lyrics written by music teachers Mary Beth Alexander and Sara Turilli in honor of International Day of the Girl. Nightingale’s Head of School and Vice President of the NCGS Board of Trustees Paul A. Burke shared how Nightingale is a part of a broader world of girls’ schools that support each other in educating girls. To illustrate his point, he shared photos of Upper School students participating in exchanges with girls’ schools in South Africa and Australia. Reminding the Lower Schoolers of their important place within a global community of girls, he asked them to consider what is special about being a girl. Among the students’ wide-ranging answers were being excited about the variety of jobs open to women and feeling lucky to be a girl because girls can attend all-girls schools.
Students were then introduced to the United Nations Foundation’s Girl Up #GirlHero campaign, which encourages girls around the world to identify their personal #GirlHero and share what they find inspiring about that person. Administrators and faculty spoke about their #GirlHeroes before dismissing students for a classroom exercise where they identified and shared their own #GirlHeroes.