Inspiring educator to speak

Diane Hague

Dorothy Hoddinott standing 3rd from right with Holroyd HS Deputy Principal Denise Carrick, English teacher Amy Ly and senior students.

Inspiring educator Dorothy Hoddinott AO, principal of Holroyd High and Federation member, will be guest speaker at Jessie Street Women’s Library’s Annual Fundraising Luncheon on September 15, and teachers and students are encouraged to book tables.

This luncheon, at Parliament House in Sydney, is the year’s major event for the library, which is entirely self-funded.

Jessie Street National Women’s Library is a unique specialist institution dedicated to the preservation of Australian women’s work, words and history. Jessie Street was a lifelong campaigner for women’s rights, the peace movement and the elimination of discrimination against Indigenous peoples.

The library’s charter is to collect, preserve and promote knowledge and understanding of the cultural heritage of all women; social justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; international friendship and peace.

The library is delighted to have Dorothy Hoddinott as guest speaker. She will speak on “The Fourth R — Human Rights and Education”.

Holroyd High is a disadvantaged school: more than 90 per cent of its students are of non-English speaking background, almost half of them have been in Australia for fewer than three years. About three in five of them are young refugees. The school builds high expectations for its students. Currently, more than 40 per cent of students who complete an HSC at Holroyd High gain university entrance, better than the national average of 30 per cent.

Dorothy has a deep commitment to social justice and has been a strong public advocate for the human rights of refugees and asylum-seekers.

In 2004, she was short-listed for the Australian Human Rights Medal. She was conferred an Honorary Fellow of the University of Sydney in 2006 and in 2008 was made an Officer of the Order of Australia. She is a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators and was awarded the College Medal in 2012, the first time the Medal has been awarded to a practising school educator. In April this year, she was awarded a Doctor of Letters degree (honoris causa) by the University of Western Sydney. Dorothy has been a Fellow of the University of Sydney Senate since 2010.

The luncheon begins at 11.45am for 12.30pm on Monday, September 15 in the Strangers’ Dining Room, Parliament House, Macquarie Street, Sydney. The cost is $90 for library members and $110 for non-members. Bookings and payment must be received by September 5.

We are always pleased to see public school students at the luncheon and we hope that schools will consider booking a table. The cost for students is $80 each and for accompanying teachers $100 unless they are library members.

A booking and payment form can be found on the Library’s website,, under Annual Fundraising Luncheon. For more information, contact the Library on (02) 9571 5359 or at

The Jessie Street Women’s Library thanks Federation for its generous support and the donation of bottles of wine produced by Mount View HS which are prizes in our annual raffle.

Diane Hague is a Federation Life Member and Jessie Street Women’s Library board member.