Alliance eNewsletter  |  October 2016
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More controversy over single-sex schooling

The debate over single-sex vs co-ed schooling has been back in the media. Sparked by American psychologist Diane Halpern who visited Australia and New Zealand last month. Prof Halpern caused some controversy with her claims that there are no benefits to single-sex education. Halpern is a well-known advocate for co-ed schooling and board member of the American Council for Co-Educational Schooling.

And this month a report released by Our Watch and Plan International Australia revealed that nine out of ten Australian girls don't believe they're treated equally to boys, just 14 per cent believe they have the same opportunities to succeed as boys and one in three agree with the statement "it'd be easier to get my dream job if I was a man". 

If you missed out on our first World Challenge familiarisation for Alliance Principals to Cambodia, World Challenge has put together two amazing "famils" for 2017.

Journalist and author Madonna King will be guest speaker at the NSW networking dinner on 1 November. Madonna is the author of six books and her latest, to be released in March 2017, titled Being 14, captures the views of 14 year old girls. In Melbourne on 10 November, AskRight's Daniel McDiarmid will explain what lessons can be learned from the way women give in Philanthropy and captivating your alumnae community.

Early bird registration for the 2017 Student Leadership Conference closes on 31 October. There are several scholarships on offer for member schools.

Don't forget to visit our LinkedIn Career Hub for the latest professional development and career opportunities.

Warm regards
Loren Bridge

Headlining speakers at Girls for Change Leadership Summit: Melbourne
We have an impressive line up of young leaders and social entrepreneurs joining us in Melbourne for our Girls for Change on 5-6 November:
Larissa Ocampo: Chief Communications Officer at One Girl, an organisation dedicated to educating girls in Africa, Larissa lives and breathes social media and online communities she connects with people all around the world who are changing the world.
Cam Greenwood: an entrepreneur, writer, speaker, aspiring philanthropist and a disruptor of the status quo. Cam is dedicated to inspiring everyone to live without limits, dream without fear and to live passionately in every moment.
Kate Austin: social entrepreneur and founder of Pinchapoo, Kate harnesses social media and heavy-weight partners like the Salvation Army, Vincent Care and Wesley Mission to achieve her goals — this is grassroots activism at its best.
Eleanor Meyer entrepreneur and business woman, driven to action by climate change, Eleanor has utilised powerful, innovative and new platforms to establish a social enterprise called Sustain Me Group that assisting people live more sustainably.

Students in Years 9–11 can register for the conference to be held at Strathcona Baptist Girls Grammar School.


Famils to Sri Lanka and Cambodia in 2017

For those who missed out in 2016, World Challenge in partnership with the Alliance is running two familiarisation tours in 2017. Both trips offer rare opportunities for professional development that will extend your understanding of a unique destination through learning about challenges faced by people in the developing world, understanding best practice in risk management and service-learning, and networking with like-minded colleagues.
Sri Lanka  7 to 14 April, 2017 

Cambodia  7 to 13 July, 2017

For a full information pack please contact Mark Walters at World Challenge: or 0402 097 186.

Scholarship opportunities for Student Leadership Conference 2017

The Alliance is offering several scholarships for students of member schools to attend the 19th annual Alliance Student Leadership Conference (SLC) from 4 to 7 January 2017.

Over 160 students from all-girls schools in the UK, USA, Asia, New Zealand and Australia will converge on the Gold Coast campus of Bond University for the four-day residential conference. The program provides unparalleled opportunities for girls to explore leadership styles and strategies, reflect on their leadership aspirations and build meaningful life-long connections with other young leaders from around the world. Year after year girls describe SLC as a “life-changing experience”.


Welcome to the Alliance
We welcome nine new members: Avila College (Victoria), Mackillop College Bathurst (NSW), St Oran's College (New Zealand), Santa Maria College (Victoria), Caroline Chisholm College (NSW), Clonard College (NSW), St Monica's College Cairns (Qld), St Ursula's College Kingsgrove (NSW) and Good Hope School (Hong Kong).

Bond University Indigenous Gala
Our education partner Bond University will hold its annual Indigenous Gala on Friday 11 November 2016.
Bond currently has 30 Indigenous students on scholarship and a program to support these students throughout their studies. As a partner of the Alliance, Bond University contributes in a number of ways to Alliance events and conferences. The Alliance would like to support Bond's Indigenous program and invites you to join an Alliance table for the Indigenous Gala. Tickets are normally $220 pp however we are able to offer Alliance members tickets at $110 pp.

RSVP: by 26 October to

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


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). ››

Upcoming Events
Stand Up: The power to make change

1 November
The Women's College
Sydney University


Girls for Change Leadership Summit: Making a Difference


5–6 November
Strathcona Baptist Girls Grammar School


19–20 November
St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School


Philanthropy & captivating your alumnae community

10 November
Melbourne Girls' College


Christmas celebrations

17 November
Fahan School
Hobart, TAS


2017 Student Leadership Conference

4–7 January, 2017
Bond University




New in the Research Library

Effective pedagogies for girls’ learning: A review of recent research

A report by Mike Younger, former Dean of Education and Head of the Cambridge Faculty of Education, 2006-2012, examines effective pedagogies for girls’ learning, including whether girls and boys are best taught in single-sex classrooms.


Rising to the challenge: How Scotland can recruit, retain and support women in STEM

A report by EQUATE Scotland has found that girls-only science lessons could be a way of overcoming girls’ lack of confidence in science and STEM-related classes at school.



Latest News

Leading Headmistress says girls’ schools succeed because sex stays out of the way

It is widely acknowledged that there is a huge career gap between men and women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) related fields, which has prompted educational institutions around the world to refocus on engaging more girls in these subject areas while they are still at school.


Number of girls sharing explicit images hits epidemic levels

Rhian Deutrom reports in The Courier Mail, 12 October 2016, that teenage girls are being coerced into sending explicit photos of themselves to boys in a disturbing phenomenon that advocacy groups warn has reached epidemic proportions.


40 per cent of Australia's "Top 100 Secondary Schools" are girls' schools

Repeating the outstanding results of the past few years, girls’ schools throughout Australia have continued to perform strongly in reading, writing and numeracy in Year 7 and Year 9 in 2015, with girls’ schools from the government, independent and Catholic sectors comprising 40 of The Australian newspaper’s “Top 100 Secondary Schools”.


Girls-only science lessons could 'help reverse gender gap' in crucial industries

GIRLS-ONLY science classes in schools could help tackle a “gross under-representation” of women in fields such as maths and engineering, an expert group has said.


Channel 9’s Weekend Today debates single-sex or co-ed schooling

Alliance President, Fran Reddan discusses the benefits of all-girls schools and dismisses claims that there are no advantages to single-sex schools.


There are REAL benefits to single-sex education: Disputing the claims of Prof Diane Halpern

American psychologist Diane Halpern’s claims that there are no benefits to single-sex education, made in The Age  and ABC News 24, ignore the growing body of research supporting the case for single-sex schools


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