Sisterhood put Salvos on show

St Stephen’s School head of arts Lesley Nation and teacher Sarah Stockton-Rice with St Stephen’s School Carramar Year 9 students Eloise Hanna and Montana Madsen at the Op Shop Fashion Show.
St Stephen’s School head of arts Lesley Nation and teacher Sarah Stockton-Rice with St Stephen’s School Carramar Year 9 students Eloise Hanna and Montana Madsen at the Op Shop Fashion Show.

THOUGH young in age, if they band together and put their minds to something, they can make a big impact.

That is the lesson a group of Year 9 girls at St Stephen’s School have been learning this year and their wisdom recently paid off as they partnered with the Salvation Army’s Joondalup store to host an Op Shop Fashion Show.

“Year 9 can be an awkward grade as students are no longer the younger secondary group but aren’t yet the seniors,” teacher Sarah Stockton-Rice said.

“I teamed up with our head of arts, Lesley Nation, to start up regular ‘sisterhood sessions’ for the Year 9 girls.

“Our goal was to help them see that, although being in the middle stages of high school where many are still finding their passion and pathway, fostering meaningful relationships can open the door to lots of opportunities.”

The group started by making little crafts each Thursday during homeroom, with help from some Year 12s who became unofficial mentors for the Year 9s.

An opportunity then presented itself to partner with the local Salvation Army store in a new fashion show fundraising initiative.

“The Salvos came out to chat to the girls and explained the event was both theirs to plan and showcase and, if successful, could lead to the Salvos organising a bigger event next year,” Mrs Stockton-Rice said.

“The girls could then mentor some of the younger years about how to run an event like this.”

The group spent months brainstorming ideas, themes and outfits, documenting their progress each week to show how the event has come together.

Part of the coordination included a visit to the store where the girls sourced clothing and accessories to style on the runway.

Joondalup Salvos Store manager Nikola Baric-Jensen said it had been a pleasure to work with the girls on the event.

“From the time we first came out to the school to the girls coming into the Salvos Store Joondalup to pick their outfits, you can see that they have developed in confidence and have become one united group together,” Ms Baric-Jensen said.

The girls and few male students recently modelled the outfits for an audience, raising $200 through the sale of clothes on the night, which will go back to The Salvation Army.

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