The Desperate Need to Instill Self-Respect in Our Students

One of my most important challenges as a classroom teacher is to instill in my students a confidence and self-respect that helps empower them to make smart choices and avoid being taken advantage of.

But no matter how hard we try, there is definitely an exploitative and often misogynist element out there that prays on young children (girls in particular) and makes the challenge of helping them stay true to themselves even harder:

A MUCK-UP day party involving jelly wrestling by school-aged girls has been blasted by parents and a school in Bendigo.

Bendigo nightclub, Universal on McCrae, is advertising a party for Year 12 students which will include female students from two schools wrestling each other.

The flyer for the event says girls from Catholic College Bendigo and Bendigo Senior College will compete against each other while the male students can compete in a beer pong contest.

The party, titled War of the Worlds, is hosted by Home and Away actor Dan Ewing and the nightclub will be open until 5am with discounted spirits available.

A parent of an 18-year-old student in the region said the promotion was “absolutely disgusting”.

“It’s misogynist, sexist and close to what a strip club would do,” he told the Bendigo Advertiser.

It is not the first time the club has held a jelly wrestling competition with photos from previous events on the website and Facebook page.

A spokesman for the club could not be contacted.

Bendigo Senior College principal Dale Pearce said the jelly wrestling competition was being advertised by the Universal on McCrea nightclub without either school’s consent.

“This is appalling,” Mr Pearce told the Bendigo Advertiser website.

The Catholic College Bendigo has also been contacted for comment.


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