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Girls for the World students invited Winnipeg's Kirby Cote at their International Women's Day celebration. (March 2020)


By Jennifer J. Pawluk, Communications Specialist

On Friday, Mar. 6, the Balmoral Hall School community gathered in Richardson Hall Athletic Centre for a celebration of International Women’s Day planned entirely by students.

March 8, International Women’s Day, “is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women's equality.” (Source:

This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is, “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights.”

“The Generation Equality campaign is bringing together people of every gender, age, ethnicity, race, religion and country, to drive actions that will create the gender-equal world we all deserve.

Together, we want to mobilize to end gender-based violence; we are calling for economic justice and rights for all; bodily autonomy, sexual, and reproductive health and rights; and feminist action for climate justice. We want technology and innovation for gender equality; and feminist leadership.

Small actions can have big impacts in making this vision a reality. On International Women’s Day, join #GenerationEquality and become part of the movement.” (Source:

Grades 9 to 12 students involved in Girls for the World, a Senior School club dedicated to social justice and service learning, organized 2020’s International Women’s Day celebration from start to finish. They invited keynote speaker Kirby Cote to reflect on her experience as a Paralympic gold medallist in swimming. 
With significant collaboration, Girls for the World coordinated programming along the lines of “unscripted and unstoppable” that involved Junior, Middle, and Senior School classes.

Highlights included an opening performance from the Belles of Balmoral handbell ensemble, an original song performed by a group of Grade 7 students, a “Monday Motivators” report from Mrs. Thomson’s Kindergarten class, excerpts from Grade 9 students’ upcoming poetry slam, and performance art by Senior School dance students and Mrs. Chochinov’s Grade 3 class. To close, the Middle and Senior School choirs performed the song “Brave” by Sara Bareilles.
To all who participated, whether as performers or engaged audience members, thank you for sharing in this heartfelt celebration of International Women’s Day at Balmoral Hall School.
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Our mission at Balmoral Hall School is to inspire girls' imagination and the courage to excel, to reach, to lead, to care.

We are an independent day and boarding school, offering an exceptional all-girls education from child care, starting at age 2, to Grade 12.