Recently, San Sisto parents welcomed guests from surrounding schools to campus to hear an enlightening presentation from journalist and author Madonna King.
Madonna King, award-winning journalist and author, was here to speak to parents about her seventh book, titled Being 14, (released by Hachette Australia). The book captures the views of 200 14-year-old girls, along with teachers, principals, school counsellors, psychologists, parenting experts and police, and shows the importance of parental engagement in a teen girls' life.
Some of the key points Madonna made during her presentation were:
A number of guests spoke to College Principal, Mrs Shelley Hamilton after attending the presentation about their appreciation for the opportunity:
"I appreciated that she, (Madonna King) was the voice of 14 year old girls — this is a time when girls notoriously 'clam up' and share their thought and feelings with friends more than parents."
"There was a great deal of focus on how we need to really listen to what our young women are saying... and the really, really important role of dads at this time... dads cannot step away, but engage more with their daughters..."