Alliance eNewsletter  |  June 2016
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It's been busy term for the Alliance ...

Gender issues were at the forefront of discussions at our Biennial Educators conference, Real Girls Real Women. Meanwhile in the UK the Girls' Schools Association released a briefing on transgender responsibilities, reported in The Times.

Women Yarning Up, a collaboration between the Alliance and our partner Bond University, won the Premier's Award at the 2016 Queensland Reconciliation Awards.

And this Sunday our first Space School expeditions head to the US with 86 girls from 9 NSW schools participating.

Added to our Research Library are some of the presentations from Real Girls Real Women along with the latest research relevant to single-sex education including a study that f
ound “large positive effects” for both boys and girls attending single-sex schools.

Finally to celebrate our 25 year anniversary the next edition of In Alliance, our biannual magazine, will focus on remarkable alumnae from our member schools.

Enjoy a safe and happy term break!

Loren Bridge
Executive Officer

Premier’s Reconciliation Award

Women Yarning Up, a collaboration between the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia and Bond University, won the 2016 Premier’s Reconciliation Award at the Queensland Reconciliation Awards. 

Over the last two years Women Yarning Up has taken 13 principals from city-based Alliance schools into remote communities in Far North Queensland to learn first-hand about the issues these communities face, including the challenges remote students may have to cope with if coming to board in city schools.

The annual awards program recognises businesses, community organisations, educational institutions and partnerships that foster reconciliation in Queensland. This achievement is made more notable by the fact that education collaborations have only won the Premier’s Reconciliation Award once before in its 16 year history.


Leadership on transgender issues

Gender identity and gender equality were the focus of Real Girls, Real Women — the Alliance's Biennial Educators Conference held in May in Brisbane.

There has been an explosion of public interest in transgender issues with barely a day going by without a media story on the subject. Gender dysphoria cannot be ignored and Real Girls Real Women presented a unique opportunity for leaders in girls’ education from Australia and New Zealand to come together and discuss how best to support their students and provide safe environments where all students can express their gender identity.

Guest speakers included former Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick AO, educators from the US National Coalition of Girls’ Schools Transgender Taskforce, Dr Stephen Stathis, Medical Director of Queensland’s Child and Youth Mental Health Services and Georgina Dent, Editor of Mamamia.

The Age published a story on transgender issues and the conference.


Space School expedition

The Alliance has partnered with iVicon, the exclusive Australasian partner of the Houston Association for Space and Science Education (HASSE) to offer students of our member schools the fantastic opportunity to travel to Houston for a two-week study program without individual schools needing to provide their own full tour complement of 16-20 students.

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.

HASSE Space School will deliver the ultimate, once-in-a-lifetime STEM experience in one of the worlds most inspiring organisations, NASA, and fosters a long-term interest in mathematics, science, teamwork, creativity, and technology.
In addition this expedition promotes collaboration among member schools and directly aligns with the Alliance’s vision of empowering young women for changing times.
Remarkable Women

The October edition of In Alliance, our biannual magazine, will focus on remarkable women. If your school has a past student that has made a significant contribution to gender equality, women's leadership or in her field of work then we'd love to include her story. Articles should be submitted by 15 August  2016 to a submissions guide is available.
Employment opportunity

School Psychologist, St Michael's Collegiate School, Hobart Tasmania
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a full-time School Psychologist. This position emphasises the value the School places on providing quality student care that supports the School's Mission and Guiding Principles and its academic and pastoral provisions.

For further information contact Mrs Anouk Harding on (03) 6211 4911 or The position description and selection criteria can be viewed on the School's website.

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: ››

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


In the independent 2016 Good Universities Guide, Bond University was the highest rating Australian university. It offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees across three trimesters each year, allowing a six semester degree to be completed in two years. ››

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. ››

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. ››

Upcoming Events
Girls for Change Leadership: Making a Difference

30 June - 1 July | Pymble Ladies' College



The power of the right W: Wellbeing not weight

28 July, 5.00 pm - 7.00 pm | Genazzano FCJ College


Women in STEM Networking Dinner

2 August 5.00 pm - 7.00 pm | Abbottsleigh


Science Breakfast with Dr Misty Jenkins

17 August 7.30 am - 9.00 am | Mentone Girls' Grammar School



New in the Research Library

Becoming a great school for girls
What does a great school for girls do? It privileges the pursuit of achievement; builds robust and resilient learning relationships; listens to its community carefully and consistently; invests in research ...

Getting it right: Establishing good professional learning programs
“Getting it right: What school leaders need to know to establish really good professional learning programs for teachers in girls’ schools”, at the Alliance’s 2016 conference…

Navigating CEO appointments: Do male and female CEOs differ in how they reached the top?
Dr Terrance Fitzsimmons from the University of Queensland Business School is a leading researcher in the field of leadership development pathways, career capital and gender inequality in senior leadership roles.

Mental health of transgender children who are supported in their identities
Researchers examined mental health in a sample of prepubescent transgender children who had socially transitioned and identified as the gender opposite to their “natal” (birth) sex.

Girls’ academic self-concept in science in single-sex and co-educational classes
Findings from this study suggest that being enrolled in a single-sex science classroom influences how students perceive their abilities to learn and perform in science, particularly…


Latest News

New study demonstrates “large positive effects” of single-sex schools
A significant study of twenty low-performing, co-educational government secondary schools converted into single-sex schools found that there were “large positive effects” for both boys and girls ...


MLC Kew student makes history
Year 12 student Belinda Shi from Methodist Ladies’ College Kew (VIC) has made history as the first female to be selected on the Australian team to compete at the International Olympiad in Informatics. She will travel to Russia in August ...


Experiment supports single-sex schools
Evidence from Earnshaw State College, one of a number of State schools in Queensland trialling single-sex classes, reaffirms the advantages to boys and girls of learning in an environment tailored to their gender.


Alliance responds to Prof John Hattie questioning value of single-sex schooling
In response to Prof John Hattie, Professor of Education and Director of the Melbourne Education Research Institute at the University of Melbourne, and his recent comments on single-sex schooling ahead of the release of the ABC’s Revolution School ...


Dr Nicole Archard discusses girls and STEM on ABC Radio
Listen to Real Girls Real Women conference presenters Dr Nicole Archard, Lara Silkoff and Kim Adams discussing the importance of educating girls in girls’ schools with Kelly Higgins-Devine on ABC Radio on May 24


New website launching February 2016

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