Alliance eNewsletter  |  November 2016
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In brief ...

This month Barker College on Sydney's north shore announced plans to extend its co-ed program into all year levels. The college has been co-ed in Years 10–12 since 1975. Principal Philip Heath claimed "you can't put an argument one way or the other on single-sex [education]".  In fact the very opposite is true and the evidence is growing that single-sex schooling benefits both girls and boys. The latest research can be found in our members-only Research Library and a summary is available at 'Single-sex education for girls—The research'. Read what the Alliance had to say in response to Mr Heath's comments.

One of the criticisms directed at all girls schools is that they cloister young women from the 'real' co-ed world. What's so wrong with protecting girls from gender stereotyping, sexism and harassment during their schooling? It's working in Iceland, which consistently tops the ranking of the world's nations with the smallest gender gap. Iceland's all girls pre-schools are empowering girls through advocating strength, courage and a strong voice

You can find fascinating articles, such as Why Iceland is the best place in the world to be a woman in our weekly Media Report. The report provides access to curated news articles and editorials from over 185,000 digital news sources from around the world. The Media Report regularly features current news stories on single-sex education in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, the US and the UK. You'll find the latest report on the Research Library page of our website at

We have only a few places remaining for 2017 Student Leadership Conference Registration closes on 30 November.

Our LinkedIn Career Hub is going from strength to strength and in 2017 we're piloting a Lean-In Circle in Brisbane and have just two places left to complete the circle, find out more.

Warm regards
Loren Bridge
Executive Officer

Headlining speakers at Girls for Change Leadership Summit: Brisbane

We have an impressive line up of young leaders and social entrepreneurs joining us in Brisbane for our 
Girls for Change Leadership Summit on 19-20 November:

Lauren Shuttleworth: Founder and Director of Words With Heart. Combining environmentally responsible production, funding for women’s and girls' education projects, and words that empower.

Nicole Gibson: 22-year-old CEO and founder of
Rogue and Rouge. It's Nicole's dream that every Australian can speak openly and freely about their challenges without judgment or stigma.

Claire Deane: Founder of integrated marketing agency
Deane & Co, Claire is a digital marketer, Google analytics nerd and social media addict.

Edda Hamar: Founder of Australia’s largest sustainable fashion runway show,
Undress Runways, Edda advocates for positive progress and ethical standards in the fashion industry.


Students in Years 9–11 can register for the conference being held at St Margaret's Anglican Girls School.


Brisbane Lean In Circle

We are looking for just two extra members to complete our pilot Brisbane Lean in Circle. These Circles are small groups that meet regularly to learn and grow together, to help women ask for more, discover and grow their leadership abilities, step outside their comfort zones, and lean in. Our aim in establishing the first Alliance Circle is to connect aspiring leaders from member schools, and develop their capabilities for future promotion within the girls' education framework.

Over the course of six months, from February to July 2017, the group will form a tight and supportive Circle, meeting in person once or twice a month and, in between, communicate online. Topics will include Centered Leadership, Communication and Connection, with printable work booklets and videos so participants can return to previous sessions and view their progress.

If you're interested in joining please be confident you are willing to make the commitment to actively participate in the circle and either live in Brisbane or are willing to travel to Brisbane for group meetings.

TO APPLY: Email with your name, school and current job role.

2017 Space School Program

The Alliance and iVicon, the exclusive Australasian partner of the Houston Association for Space and Science Education (HASSE) will again offer students of our member schools the fantastic opportunity to travel to Houston for a two-week combined school study program.

HASSE Space School International Study Program immerses students in the world’s most profound and impactful STEM environment—that of space exploration and science in conjunction with NASA.
We are now planning 2017 expeditions for member schools in Victoria, ACT and Queensland. Trips for junior and senior students are scheduled for December 2017. Detailed information about the programs, including the costs and schedule, is
available here.

If you are interested in finding out more please contact or our iVicon partner, Stephen Hodges at

Global Forum 2018— Date Claimer

Following the phenomenal success of the inauguaral Global Forum on Girls' Education held in New York, the Alliance has again partnered with the National Coalition of Girls' Schools to present the second forum in Washington DC from 18-20 June 2018.


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: ››

Get your teachers moving and improving! Join CIRCLE for an over-breakfast conversation about your school’s professional learning and development program and how it might be strengthened.
Find a venue & date near you  ››

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


Discover how you can bring your ambition to life at Bond University’s Headstart Day for year 10 or 11 students on Monday, 17 October.  Experience different faculties, meet current students and join interactive activities at this complimentary event. Read more.

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). ››

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. ››

Upcoming Events
Girls for Change Leadership Summit: Making a Difference

19–20 November
St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School


Christmas Celebrations

17 November
Fahan School
Hobart, TAS

30 November 
Presbyterian Ladies' College
Perth, WA

12 December
Brisbane Club
Brisbane, Qld


2017 Student Leadership Conference

4–7 January, 2017
Bond University




New in the Research Library

Discussions in neuroscience, psychology and education: Gender differences in mathematics

While education research shows that gender differences exist in mathematics achievement, recent research in neuroscience does not support the view that they result from biological or ‘hardwired’ differences between male and female brains.


Childhood bullying linked to long-term use of mental health services

New research shows that childhood bullying has a strong link to mental health service use throughout a person’s life, putting additional strain on an “already overstretched” UK healthcare system.



Latest News

Girls' schools remain true to their single-sex heritage

In an article discussing the transition of Barker College to fully co-ed, Principal Philip Heath suggested that single-sex schooling was a product of a bygone era with no place in a ‘modern world’.


Why Iceland is the best place in the world to be a women

For the past 20 years Iceland has been pioneering girls' empowerment through all girls preschools, advocating strength, courage and being heard. In a country of only 330,000 people, there are 19 such preschools; a very interesting approach to early learning.


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