Alliance eNewsletter  |  February 2016
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Celebrating 25 Years
The beginning of a new year is always an exciting time with plenty of optimism and opportunity to set ambitious resolutions for the year to come.  I was very privileged to share the first week of 2016 with 163 student leaders from New Zealand, Asia, UK, USA and Australia at Bond University. These extraordinary young women brought their energy, commitment and optimism to the conference. It was an exhilarating experience and a tangible realisation of the Alliance's commitment to empowering young female leaders. Watch SLC 2016 video ››

The Alliance turns 25! In 1991 the Education of Girls in Girls' Schools Focus Group was formed in Victoria, Australia. This group later evolved into the Alliance of Girls' Schools Australasia. And 25 years on the Alliance has 150 members in five countries and represents more than 132,000 girls and 10,000 educators. There are a number of exciting and innovative events planned for 2016 as we celebrate this milestone - including our Biennial Educators' Conference, Real Girls Real Women - earlybird registration is open until 28 February.

We've given our website a facelift and enhanced its functionality with a fully searchable research library and improved member access - with individual logins (rather than shared school-based access). Visit our new site and register for access to member pricing, member-only events, research and resources.

The next edition of In Alliance, our biannual magazine, will focus on entrepreneurship in schools. Contributions of academic, feature or opinion articles are welcome and should be submitted by 2 March 2016 to

I hope you'll join us at one of 2016 events and help celebrate our 25-year anniversary.
Warm regards

Loren Bridge
Executive Officer

Get the facts
We have produced an essential six-page DL brochure Why A Girls' School? This brochure outlines the facts and confirms the benefits of girls' schools using the latest research findings.

It succinctly details evidence of the effectiveness of girls' schools, adding independent support to enrolment information for prospective parents, and is an invaluable resource for staff and board members advocating the case for girls' schools.

To place an order or enquiry please contact (e)

School experiences of transgender students
The latest research abstract from the Alliance explores the topical and important subject of transgender and gender diverse students in the Australian context. Researchers  from the University of New England (NSW) and the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society at La Trobe University (VIC) examined the school experiences of 189 transgender and gender diverse students aged 14-25 years, finding that 65% of survey participants had experienced verbal abuse, mostly commonly on the street or at school, and that 90% of the participants who had experienced physical abuse had thought about suicide. It was also found, however, that a "key protective factor for gender diverse and transgender students was support from classmates" and that support from teachers was also very important.


Our partners

The Alliance values the generous support of our partners. Explore how they could enhance the education of girls in your school.

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. ››

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.
We have just welcomed home over 3000 Australian and New Zealand students from expeditions all over the globe – from Cambodia to Tanzania! Follow us on Facebook to see photos and stories from recent travellers.

For further information on the World Challenge Expeditions please visit or

The Centre for Innovation, Research, Creativity and Leadership in Education is an executive agency in education that builds cultures of excellence in leadership and learning within communities of inquiry.
CIRCLE support the work of over 1200 schools and other organisations with a unique architecture of knowledge and solutions tailored for the needs of clients built on the key domains of achievement, relationships, communication, initiatives and reputation. CIRCLE’s ongoing task is to equip, empower and enable learners, educators and leaders. ››


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 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. ››

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

In the independent 2012 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 faculty buildings house world-class facilities. ››


Upcoming Events
Celebrate International Women’s Day
Victoria: 2 March 2016
Queensland 8 March 2016
Tasmania: 10 March 2016

Biennial Educators' Conference Real Girls Real Women
22-24 May 2016

Rydges Hotel Brisbane



What is Tapping and how can it be used in schools?

Find out from world leader and researcher in Emotional Freedom Techniques, Dr Peta Stapleton.

Sydney: 8 March
Perth: 9 March
Melbourne: 22 March


Latest News

Jockey Michelle Payne named The Australian newspaper's Australian of the Year

Michelle Payne, the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup, has been named The Australian newspaper's Australian of the Year. The graduate of Loreto College Ballarat, who rode Prince of Penzance to victory in 2015, is feted both for her grit and determination in the face of discrimination against women...


Alliance Patron Elizabeth Broderick, finalist in 2016 Australian of the Year

The Alliance of Girls' Schools Australasia congratulates Patron Elizabeth Broderick, Sex Discrimination Commissioner from 2007 to 2015, and powerful advocate for gender equality, who was a finalist in the 2016 Australian of the Year Award  announced on January 25.


Physics teachers hand out significantly poorer grades to girls than boys

New research published in the International Journal of Science Education has found that inexperienced physics teachers handed out significantly poorer grades to girls than boys for exactly the same answer on a physics exam question.


Childhood concussion impairs brain function for two years following injury

A study recently published in the International Journal of Psychophysiology has reported that pre-adolescent children who sustain sports-related concussions have "deficits in brain function and cognitive performance" two years following injury.


GSA labels co-ed principal's claim that single-sex schools put girls at a "huge disadvantage" as "old-fashioned" and "bizarre"

Richard Cairns, Head of Brighton College, an independent co-educational school in the UK, has provoked controversy in an article published in Independent School Parent, describing girls' schools as a "deeply unrealistic world" in which "girls do not learn to socialise with boys".


Female doctors "woefully underrepresented" in high-status, high-pay medical specialities

Researchers from Melbourne University have found that despite half of medical students now being female, they are still underrepresented in formal leadership positions and higher-paid speciality roles. Only 12.5% of Australian hospitals have a female chief executive...


Prof Tanya Monro & Dr Abigail Allwood named in Knowledge Nation 100

Eureka Prize winning physicist Professor Tanya Monro (SCEGGS Darlinghurst, NSW) and NASA research scientist Dr Abigail Allwood (Somerville House, QLD) have been named in  the Knowledge Nation 100 list compiled by the Knowledge Society and the Office of the Chief Scientist.



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