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'Be daughters of God' - Girls at Our Lady of the Angels Prep encouraged to depict royalty

Published:Friday | February 5, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Ashley Whittaker (left) helps Zianna Aris keep her balance on her skates.
Faith Nelson sports a tennis outfit in the fashion show, staged as part of the activities.
How high can you go? Gabrielle Le-Hong and her friends enjoy skipping.
These little ladies strike a pose for our camera.
Can you do it, Miss? Grade two teacher Lennise Saddler, along with Daneel Dunkley and Imani Henry, prepares for a skipping showdown.

Self-worth and confidence-building were two of the issues addressed at the Our Lady of the Angels Preparatory School's Girls' Day, held on the school grounds in St Andrew recently.

It was a function where the girls were made to feel special, where they were encouraged to be women of God, to love themselves and not depend on others to validate them.

Fashion shows, games, in addition to motivational speeches, summarised a variety of activities in which the girls participated in.

Making reference to the theme 'She's Royal', Lennise Saddler, teacher at the school and a member of the organising committee, said, "We encourage them to be women of God who are virtuous and teach them the qualities of being a lady."

"We have become a very crass nation. We lack manners, we lack the fruits of the Spirit, and we have become very intolerant, and so I believe we have a part to play in training our girls to embrace the fruits of the Spirit and to be guided to make better decisions as adults," she said.




She added, "I believe the important thing is that we love ourselves. Many times we find some women who depend on other persons to validate them, and even the songs that we hear have become a symbol of approval."

Diane Taylor, guidance counsellor and Catholic doctrine teacher at the school, also said that it is important that youngsters understand basic concepts of etiquette.

"The focus is to make the girls feel very special. We want them to know that they are royal and women of God," Taylor said.

"What we see is a lot of aggression, and we believe more girls need to have confidence in themselves. They should love themselves because God has given all of us gifts. It's for us to tap into those talents and enhance our development," she said.

"I hope through events like these girls can leave with a sense of achievement, sense of self-worth, and be able to hold their heads high and hold their rightful place in society," Taylor said.