Alliance eNewsletter  /  May 2016
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Who's headlining at Real Girls Real Women?
Real Girls Real Women is only 11days away. 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 on 22-24 May at Rydges Hotel, South Brisbane. Feature presentations include:

Creating a more gender equal world presented by Elizabeth Broderick AO, Australia's longest serving Sex Discrimination Commissioner and 2016 NSW Australian of the Year

Single-sex classes: Do they affect economic outcomes? presented by Alison Booth, Professor of Economics and ANU Policy Fellow, Australian National University

Navigating CEO appointments: Do top male and female CEOs differ in how thay made it to the top? presented by Terry Fitzsimmons, University of Queensland Business School

Generation Z defined: The 5 key factors of this global generation, presented by Claire Madden, social researcher, media commentator and founder of Hello Clarity

Women, Work and a problem that needs to be resolved, presented by Georgina Dent, Editor at Mamamia, journalist and commentator

Patterned perceptions: Discoveries between art, science and Indigenous culture, presented by Rebecca Kamen, artist and Professor Emeritus at Northern Virginia Community College.

View program including speakers, breakout sessions and pre-and post conference activities.


New in the Research Library

Additions to the Research Library include abstracts on autism and the single-sex debate in the United States. Scientists from Cambridge University’s Autism Research Centre analysed data from 515,000 adults, finding that men score consistently higher Autism Quotient (AQ) scores than women, and that people working in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics score higher than those in non-STEM fields. We also look at single-sex schooling in the US, where Juliet Williams, Professor of Gender Studies at UCLA, sets out the arguments for and against single-sex education in her book, The Separation Solution? Single-Sex Education and the New Politics of Gender Equality.
Curated media news report

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.

View the Media News Report

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: ››

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

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. ››

Upcoming Events


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

Mental health, chronic disease & road injuries main causes of poor teen health

A new report published in The Lancet reveals that mental health disorders, chronic disease and road injuries are the main reasons why Western teenagers experience poor health.


Leadership summit for young changemakers

More than 90 schoolgirls gathered at Westlake Girls High School on April 28-29 for New Zealand's first leadership summit for young changemakers.


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.


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.



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