Alliance eNewsletter  |  September 2016
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Another term has flown by...

Important new Australian research sparked media debate on single-sex education this month, providing the Alliance with the opportunity to advocate strongly for girls' schools via an excellent opinion piece from our President, Fran Reddan.

In 2016, over 200 students from 27 Alliance schools will complete the HASSE Space School program through combined expeditions. We are excited to now be seeking expressions of interest from NSW schools for 2017 programs.

There's some fantastic job opportunities advertised on our Career Hub — see what's available.

What is best practice in fundraising? Get involved in the first comparative study of fundraising and alumnae relations performance in girls' school.

Finally, the 'inspiring alumnae' submissions received for our 25 year anniversary edition of In Alliance are truly inspirational; we look forward to sharing them with you early next term.

Another term break is upon us; enjoy!

Loren Bridge
Executive Officer

In the media: The case for girls' schools

A new Melbourne University study that found that girls at single-sex schools grew more confident in maths has sparked media debate throughout August.

Dr Chris Ryan's important research featured in The Age on 4 August 2016 in the article 'Why you should send your daughter to an all-girls school'. The following week, an opinion piece by Aubrey Perry, 'Single sex schools are not the answer for our girls', appeared in The Age on 11 August 2016.

In response, an opinion piece by our President Fran Reddan was published in The Age on 17 August 2016. Titled 'The case for girls' schools', Fran addresses the inaccurate perceptions of girls’ single-sex schooling.

To read the study that started the debate, visit our Research Library.

We're heading to NASA in 2017

In 2016 the Alliance partnered with iVicon Australia to offer our member schools the unique opportunity to participate in the Houston Association for Space and Science Education (HASSE) Space School through combined schools expeditions.
We are now planning 2017 expeditions for NSW schools for junior students (Years 7-9) in the June school holidays, and for senior students (Years 10-12) in December. Detailed information about both the 2017 junior and senior programs, including the program and schedule, is available at
We are seeking expressions of interest From NSW member schools to participate in 2017 programs by 19 September. If you would like to extend this offer to your school community, please contact Loren Bridge at or our iVicon partner, Luke Bramble at

Career opportunities

In August we launched our new Career Hub on LinkedIN. This is a unique group exclusively for Alliance members and partners providing access to the latest career and professional learning opportunities in member schools.

Whether you're looking to attract the ideal candidate or seeking new opportunities our Career Hub can assist.

Join us on LinkedIn

Fundraising for girls' schools

In conjunction with our partner AskRIGHT we are conducting the first comparative analysis of fundraising performance for girls’ schools in Australia and New Zealand. This important study will benefit all girls’ schools by benchmarking fundraising and alumnae relations performance.

The survey will close in November and is available here Fundraising Survey.

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: ››

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. ››

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. ››

Upcoming Events
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


2017 Student Leadership Conference

4–7 January, 2017
Bond University



New in the Research Library

Pre-teen girls’ negotiations of ‘sexualized’ media

Examining how pre-teen girls make sense of the ‘hypersexy’ performances of female pop celebrities has found that “the contemporary ‘hypersexualized’ landscape creates a heavy burden for girls”…


Severe sexual harassment on social networking sites: Belgian adolescents’ views
Online sexual harassment and unwanted sexual attention are commonly experienced by adolescents aged 13-18…


Rights and wrongs in the debate over single-sex schooling
A response to ‘The pseudoscience of single-sex schooling’ refutes academic evidence used by the article’s authors to support their arguments…

Game performance of male and female students in co-educational and single gender physical education classes
Girls in a single gender physical education class had “significantly more game involvement than females in a co-educational class”…


Why do girls and boys make different educational choices?
A study examining why girls choose lower-paying and less prestigious careers than boys has found that girls underestimate their skills in sciences and mathematics even though they perform as well as boys at school…

Relationships between sexting and self-esteem in young adults
Australian researchers have found that high self-esteem is protective against sending photos or videos in which the sender is nude, as well as forwarding on sexts which were meant to be private…


Attitudes of boys and girls towards science and mathematics in Australia
Girls in single-sex schools are more likely to enjoy and be confident in mathematics than girls in co-educational schools...



Latest News

There should be more public girls’ schools

Published in The Adelaide Advertiser on 27 August 2016, Tim Williams argues that South Australia needs more public girls’ schools…


Single-sex schooling outperforms co-ed in top 2015 VCE scores

According to annual The Good Schools Guide Victoria 2017, for non-government schools, the average proportion of students achieving study scores at 40 or above was higher at single-sex schools, when compared to their coeducational counterparts.


British MPs demand urgent action to end sexual harassment in schools

Urgent action must be taken to end the widespread sexual harassment of girls, MPs have demanded, after a shocking picture of the scale of abuse in schools was laid out.


The case for girls’ schools – The Age

Read the opinion piece written by President Fran Reddan, published in The Age addressing the inaccurate perceptions of girls’ single-sex schooling.


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