Last week all year seven girls participated in a self-defence course which gave them choices about how to be safe and allowed them to feel confident and empowered.
The course was held at school and was run by Sandra Stewart.
This course gave all the girls the confidence to use their voice and instincts so they could deal with any future problem, such as abuse or bullying.
Sandra taught them to use their eyes and voice to get a message across, how to effectively punch and kick, and how to deal with frightening realistic situations.
She aims this course toward young girls as statistics show that most of the abuse in New Zealand is towards women.
The girls said they left the course with many new skills and they now know how to deal with problems, keep themselves safe and what to do if abuse does happen.
By Tayla Marlow