Alliance eNewsletter  /  April 2016
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Curated media report for members

Alliance members now have access to a curated report of articles and editorials from over 185,000 digital news sources from around the world. You'll find our new Media Report in the Research Library on our website at The report comprises highly relevant topics for girls schools including: single-sex education, STEM, the health and wellbeing of girls, and gender issues. Members will benefit from having access not only to current and relevant news stories from a wide variety of Australian, New Zealand and international sources, but also to licensed copyright material from major media outlets which is usually only available via subscription. Full articles from sources including The Australian, Australian Financial Review, The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, The Guardian, New Zealand Herald, New Zealand Listener, the UK's Telegraph and Independent newspapers, as well as the ABC, BBC, Huffington Post, The Conversation and TES are available.
In addition to the Media Report, the Alliance Research Library features a constantly updated archive of research abstracts available only to staff of member schools. If you haven't already registered for access to the member area of our website visit access.
We're just 25 days away from the 2016 Biennial Educators Conference. The final program for Real Girls Real Women, is available to download here. In addition to the full two-day program there's pre-conference masterclasses and workshops and post-conference school visits.

I hope to see you in Brisbane for Real Girls Real Women!
Warm regards
Loren Bridge, Executive Officer


Don't miss Real Girls Real Women: registration closes 12 May

Held over 22-24 May 2016 at Rydges Hotel, South Brisbane, the two-day event will cover the latest trends and issues for educators of girls, provide best practices and innovative approaches for academic excellence and girls' wellbeing.
From a panel discussion on Transgender and gender identity issues to a breakout session on How and why you should take your school on to the global stage and the latest research on Single-sex classes and their affect on economic outcomes - Real Girls Real Women draws together a broad range of speakers and topics relevant to anyone involved in educating girls.
To find out more about the program and to register, visit  or download the program here.

Guests can book accommodation at the conference hotel, Rydges South Brisbane, via our website or by contacting the reservations team directly on 07 3364 0800 or and advising they are attending the Alliance of Girls' Schools Australasia event (code: 1605ALLIAN).

Don't miss the opportunity to be part of this exclusive gathering of educators, researchers and advocates for girls' education. Register today and join us 22-24 May at Rydges Hotel, South Brisbane.


Yarning Up returns to Lockhart River

Over the last two years our education partner, Bond University, has provided principals from Alliance schools with the opportunity to join business leaders on a unique tour to Far North Queensland. With access to Indigenous communities participants have extended their understanding and opened dialogue about the social issues of remote areas.

This year the Yarning Up trip will be returning to the remote community of Lockhart River from Wednesday 27 July through Monday 1 August. The details of the trip on our website and a short video of last year's experience can be viewed below.

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 (e) (t) 07 5595 1430
Yarning Up 2015

New Research Library abstracts

New Research Library abstracts include a recent study by Bristol University academics showing that girls in co-educational schools have lower self-esteem and feel more pressure to be thin than girls in single-sex schools; an Australian study on boys' and girls' perceptions of maths and their maths career intentions; the widening gender gap in education in OECD countries; the influence of parents on the love of reading and why girls are more likely to catch the reading bug from their parents than boys; and the effect of clinical depression on the brains of pre-schoolers.  

Employment opportunity

School Psychologist, St Michael's Collegiate School, Hobart Tasmania
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a full-time School Psychologist to commence in Term 3, 2016.
For further information contact Mrs Anouk Harding on (03) 6211 4911 or The position description and selection criteria can be viewed on the School website
Applications close Friday 29 April, 2016

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: ››

Our challenging expeditions give students the chance to plan it, lead it, and live it; all with our support – to ensure they get out as much as they put in. We partner with schools all across Australia and New Zealand offering life-changing travel to destinations such as Borneo, Vietnam, India and so many more!
To get a glimpse of school teams in action watch our latest video:
For further information on how your school can launch World Challenge Expedition program please visit or

Bond University is a not-for-profit private education provider located on the Gold Coast, Australia. It offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees across three trimesters each year, allowing a six semester degree to be completed in two years.

In the independent 2016 Good Universities Guide, Bond University was the highest rating Australian university, receiving the maximum five stars across the most key performance indicators. Created in the traditions of the world’s leading private universities, a series of grand sandstone buildings house world-class facilities. ››

Private funds support schools
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).
A PAF is a distinctly Australian vehicle for philanthropy. To date there have been more than 1,300 PAFs registered. It is estimated that between $6 billion to $7 billion is currently invested in these funds and the law requires charitable distributions by every PAF every year. ››

iVicon was founded in 2003 in Houston USA to be the knowledge bridge and hub to the Invisible Continent – outer space. iVicon is the exclusive worldwide 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. Through our new partnership with iVicon, the Alliance will be able to offer students from our member schools the opportunity to participate in HASSE space school programs without individual schools needing to provide their own full tour complement of 16-20 students. ››

Touchstones, CIRCLE’s exciting new professional learning software, 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. Highly tailored to your school environment, the software helps align individual goals for professional learning with your school’s priorities.
To find out more or request an on-site demonstration of Touchstones, please contact Fiona McVitie, or visit

Upcoming Events


Are our girls ready to play the STEMM hunger games?
Guest speaker: Michelle Gallaher
5-7pm Tuesday 11 May
Lauriston Girls' School, Armadale VIC



TAS Annual Dinner
Guest speaker: Madonna King
Thursday 12 May
St Michael's Collegiate School
Hobart TAS



Fablearn Australia Conference:

20–21 May 2016
Lauriston Girls' School, Armadale VIC



Real Girls Real Women

22–24 May 2016
Rydges Hotel, South Bank
Brisbane QLD 



Clinical and Health Psychologist Dr Peta Stapleton explains tapping and how it can be used in schools.

20 June, 5–7pm
St Peter's Girls' School
Adelaide SA

23 June, 5–7pm
Westlake Girls High School
Auckland NZ

24 June, 5–7pm
St Margaret's School
Christchurch NZ


Latest News

Institute for Fiscal Studies says medicine & economics are highest paid careers

A report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) in the United Kingdom says that ten years after graduation, the highest paid careers for both males and females are medicine and economics.


New stamp issue honours WWI heroine Matron Grace Wilson

Matron Grace Wilson has been honoured in a new series of stamps issued by Australia Post to mark the centenary of World War I.


Principal of Fahan School argues benefits of school sport are underplayed

Tony Freeman, Principal of Fahan School in Hobart, argues for the benefits of school sport in building team spirit, resilience and confidence for all children in the Hobart Mercury.


The “Barbie wars”: Do gendered toys lead to domestic violence?

The debate over the influence of gendered toys is highlighted In an article in The Age by Judith Ireland regarding the current Senate inquiry into domestic violence and gender inequality.


Girls at co-ed high schools feel pressure to be thin

Girls at mixed-sex high schools feel greater pressure to be thin and have lower self-­esteem than those attending girls’ schools, a new study has found.


Single-sex vs co-ed schools: how parents can decide the best option for their child

Professor of Education at Monash University, Helen Forgasz, reviews the single-sex verses co-ed schools argument.


The Inspirational Woman Project: Elizabeth English

Elizabeth English, Head of The Archer School for Girls in Los Angeles, has been profiled by HuffPost Women as part of its ‘Inspiration Woman Project’.


Untangled: Guiding girls through the seven transitions into adulthood

A new book by psychologist Dr Lisa Damour is designed to help parents of daughters negotiate the highs and lows of the angst-filled teen years.


Girls Who Code founder: Teach girls to be brave, not perfect

The founder of Girls Who Code, Reshma Saujani, has argued in a powerful TED Talk that we should teach girls to be brave, not perfect because the quest for perfection is holding girls back from risk, challenge and opportunity



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