Alliance eNewsletter  |  February 2017
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Welcome back to all our members

Our 2017 Student Leadership Conference was an inspiring way to kick off the New Year. Spending four days surrounded by 170 amazing young women makes you believe that anything is possible if you have the right people around you.
That feeling has stayed with me thanks to the two amazing women I work with every day, our Researcher Jan Richardson, and our Director of Communications Teva Smith. Together we are going to be working hard to create opportunities for you to connect with the right people and relevant resources in 2017.

There’s already a great line up of events planned — our branches have organised various celebrations to mark International Women's Day; in May we'll hold our unique two-day Empowering Leaders Masterclass at Bond University; and we've set touring dates for Professor Cordelia Fine whose presentation Unmaking the myths of our gendered minds will challenge your thinking on gender equality; finally for students we will hold our Girls for Change Leadership Summit in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. View all our events at: 

We’ll continue to share the latest news and research on girls’ education, and look forward to releasing the findings of the Alliance-funded study by Monash University into STEM participation.
We hope your experiences with the Alliance challenge and excite you, and give you plenty of opportunities to connect with the right people and resources.

I look forward to seeing you at one of our 2017 events.

Warm regards
Loren Bridge

Empowering Leaders: Empower Yourself Empower Change

A masterclass designed specifically for educators interested in achieving senior leadership positions.

Through a range of leadership development sessions, this unique two-day program will focus on developing leadership capability and confidence and enabling career progression. 

Empowering Leaders covers essential aspects of effective leadership as well as governance, legal issues and career challenges.

The program includes: 
- customised leadership development for educators
- exposure to current leadership thinking and research
- a strong speaker line-up sharing their skills and experience
- practical workshops and real scenarios
- opportunities to form enduring connections

Date: Friday 26 to Saturday 27 May 2017


Further Development: Empowering Leaders Online Course

To build on what you will learn at the masterclass, the Alliance and CIRCLE are offering the Empowering Leaders Online Course. 

The course consists of four modules that deliver the skills and understanding school leaders for the future truly need. The program is designed for ambitious educators, willing to think differently, embrace challenge and empower change in their schools. The program is especially relevant for aspiring and emerging leaders, and for current leaders who wish to take their competencies to the next level. The online program is designed to fit the schedule of busy and committed teachers.

New video explains the facts about girls' schools

Based on the latest research, our new short video delivers a strong message on the benefits of all-girls schools. Because we know how important these facts are, the Alliance is giving you the opportunity to order a customised copy for your school.

Watch and imagine our 'Why choose a girls' school?' video with your school logo, colours and a call to action. 


We hope you like the animation as much as we do and want to share your own version with your community.
NEW: Why a girls' school? brochure

Our Why a girls' school?' brochure, has been redesigned and updated with latest research findings. It succinctly outlines the facts and confirms the benefits of girls' schools.
Order copies of this popular brochure to give to prospective parents, use at Open Days and keep on hand for your community.
Yarning Up returns to the Torres Strait Islands

Over the last three years our education partner, Bond University, has invited principals from Alliance schools to join business leaders on a unique experience in a remote Indigenous community.

Winner of the 2016 Queensland Premier’s Reconciliation Award, Yarning Up allows participants to extend their understanding of Indigenous culture, heritage and tradition, and to join in an open dialogue about the social issues and opportunities in remote areas.

This year Yarning Up will return to the Torres Strait Islands from Thursday 27 July – Tuesday 1 August. The details of the trip on our website and a short video of last year’s experience can be viewed here.

This is a rare opportunity for professional development in a very different context. Places are limited; please send your expression of interest or any questions to Laura Harvey at Bond University on or 07 5595 1430.
Join our NSW 2017 Space School expedition

In June 2017 the Alliance Junior Space School expedition heads to NASA, followed in December by the Senior expedition. The Alliance has one junior and one senior scholarship available for eligible students at participating schools. 

We are also offering places for staff interested in accompany these groups at a substantially
subsidised cost. In addition to observing the student program, staff will have the opportunity to participate in a unique two-day program at US Space and Rocket Center (USSRC). The program will provide teachers with the ultimate, once-in-a-lifetime experience in one of the world's most inspiring organisations.

All program costs, accommodation, meals, transportation, international and domestic flights, and comprehensive travel insurance are included.

Participating schools interested in these opportunities for staff and students are invited to apply. Guidelines and forms have been sent to participating schools and
are available on our website.
Global Girls' Schools Initiative

Would you like to forge global connections with other girls' schools around the world?

The Alliance is collaborating with the National Coalition of Girls' Schools (NCGS) in the USA and the Girls' Schools Association (GSA) in the UK on a new initiative to connect member schools looking to start exchange programs or partner with girls' schools overseas. Our three
organisations have created an online questionnaire to feed a global exchange database. The goal of the questionnaire is to assist member schools with establishing successful international student and/or staff exchange programs, either in person or virtually. The questionnaire is designed to help schools articulate the kind of global exchange they are interested in establishing, whether the school is in the exploratory stage or already has a clear vision for its program.

After submission of the form, you will receive a list of schools that have also expressed interest in a similar exchange program along with the requisite contact information. If you have any questions, please contact Loren Bridge.

Staff wellbeing and professional development
The May 2017 edition of In Alliance will focus on staff wellbeing and professional learning. If your school has an innovative program or story to tell related to this area we’d love to hear from you. Articles should be submitted by 8 March  2017 to, please read the submission guidelines before submitting your article and photographs.
Alliance welcomes new Executive Member

We are thrilled to announce the appointment of our newest Executive Member, Dr Briony Scott, Principal of Wenona in NSW. Find out more about Dr Scott here.
Our partners

The Alliance values the generous support of our partners. Explore how they could enhance the education of girls in your school.

For information about partnering with the Alliance visit: ››

iVicon is the exclusive partner of the HASSE International Study Program which is designed to help cultivate the leaders of the next generation. HASSE programs encourage youth to broaden the mind, cultivate drive and instil curiosity while pursuing learning excellence. ››

Highly tailored to your school environment, Touchstones is designed to provide direction for professional learning by embedding a proven process of evaluation and goal setting into a unique and user-friendly online environment. ››

World Challenge works in partnership with schools to deliver fun and adventurous expeditions to developing countries, as a means of aiding students in developing crucial life skills such as leadership, teamwork, self-awareness and compassion. or

As partners of AskRIGHT, Alliance members have access to a directory of private foundations at a reduced subscription cost. The Complete Guide to Australia's Private Ancillary Funds™ is an online database containing all of Australia's Private Ancillary Funds (PAFs). ››


Discover how you can bring your ambition to life at Bond University’s experience days throughout 2017 for Year 11 and 12 students. Don't miss this opportunity to get a real taste for what life at Bond is like. 
Find out more ››

Upcoming Events
International Women's Day Breakfast | Melbourne

Queen’s Hall Parliament House
Monday 6 March  
8:30am - 10:00am
Dare to Dream | International Women's Day NSW networking event 

Mount St Benedict College
Tuesday 7 March
Book tickets
International Women's Day Luncheon | Brisbane

The Brisbane Club
Wednesday 8 March
12.00pm - 2.30pm
Book tickets
STANDING UP: The Power to Make Change

Shelford Girls' Grammar, Vict
Tuesday 21 March
5.00pm - 7.00pm
Book tickets
Year 12 Leadership Afternoon | Perth

Perth College
Thursday 13 April
4.30pm - 6.00pm

Free event for Year 12s from member schools
Empowering Leaders Masterclass

Bond University, QLD
Friday 26 & Saturday 27 May 
8.00am - 2.00pm
Book tickets
International Study Program with NASA | USA

Space Centre Houston
25 June - 9 July 2017
Find out more

New in the Research Library

Acceleration and gifted girls in New Zealand girls’ schools 

This PhD study by Margaret Crawford,on acceleration and gifted students, investigates acceleration as an intervention in secondary education within girls’ schools in New Zealand. 


Academic performance and single-sex schooling in Switzerland 

A study of female students randomly assigned to single-sex and co-educational classes for a period of four years in Switzerland has found a positive effect on mathematics results and girls’ self-confidence in mathematics.


An investigation of young girls’ responses to sexualized images

An Australian study has found that young girls aged 6-11 are aware of the existence of sexualized girls and are already beginning to develop stereotypes based on depictions of sexualized and non-sexualized girls.


LGBTQ-inclusive education in Canadian schools (Taylor et al., 2016)

A survey of teachers at Canadian public schools has revealed that while many teachers are aware of and say they support the rights of LGBTQ students, this is not necessarily reflected in the actual practices they engage in their classrooms. 


Risk of repeated self-harm in children, adolescents and young adults (Bennardi et al., 2016)

Researchers from Ireland’s National Suicide Research Foundation have found that young people at the highest risk of repeated self-harm are females aged 15-19 and males aged 20-24. While intentional drug overdose is the most common method of self-harm among those aged 10-29.  


Upper secondary school teachers’ gendered conceptions about students’ mathematical reasoning (Sumpter, 2016)

Lovisa Sumpter of Dalarna University in Sweden has investigated how teachers apply gender stereotypes to students’ mathematical reasoning, demonstrating that teachers stereotype girls as being insecure in their approach and using standard methods and imitative reasoning, while boys are stereotyped as using multiple strategies, especially on the calculator, and utilising guessing and chance-taking (Sumpter, 2016, p. 1535).



Latest News

Why you should send your daughter to an all-girls school

Hear from Executive Officer Loren Bridge in the Sydney Morning Herald about why girls' schools are a vital choice in the education landscape.


Alliance Space Camp steps up STEM

The Sydney Morning Herald interviews Queenwood School for Girls student Sarah Mullins and Santa Sabina College student Pamela Di Chiara, who attended the Alliance Space School expedition to NASA in December, on the new STEM pathways they have discovered.


Student Leadership Conference - Tomorrow's Leaders

The 2017 Alliance of Girls’ Schools Student Leadership Conference saw another incredible group of girls from around the world come together to learn new leadership skills and make lifelong connections.

The Gold Coast Bulletin interviewed two students at the conference and summed it up beautifully with their headline, ‘Leaders of Tomorrow’

Read more ›› 

Student Leadership Conference TV footage

TV crews also visited the buzzing Student Leadership Conference this year and showcased what the girls were learning.

7 News Gold Coast

Channel 9 Gold Coast News
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