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  • Physical activity improves school performance: Swedish study

    24 Oct 2014

    A study of 12-year olds by scientists from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden has found that just two hours of extra physical activity per week can improve school performance. In fact, researchers found that the extra physical activity doubled t...

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  • Girls are more engaged and confident in single-sex environments

    22 Oct 2014

    Caroline Erisman, Head of School at Dana Hall, a girls' independent school in Massachusetts, writes in an opinion piece for Forbes magazine that we need to expose girls to skills that will allow them to compete on a level pla...

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  • Leading academic says girls better off in single-sex classes

    13 Oct 2014

    Professor Alison Booth, Public Policy Fellow at the ANU Crawford School of Public Policy, writes in the Sydney Morning Herald that just one hour a week of single-sex education benefits girls. Professor Booth and colleagues from the University o...

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  • Founder of Tech Girls Movement speaks at Ada Lovelace Day event in Brisbane

    10 Oct 2014

    Dr Jenine Beekhuyzen, founder of Tech Girls Movement (TGM) and author of Tech Girls are Superheroes, is guest speaker at a Ada Lovelace Day Afternoon Tea being held in Brisbane on Tuesday 14 October to celebrate women in science, technology, enginee...

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  • Getting more women into finance starts at school

    8 Oct 2014

    An article in the Telegraph newspaper highlights that a "major hurdle in boosting the number of women in financial positions, from stockbrokers to fund managers, is getting women onto the career path in the first place".  Female ...

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  • Japanese girls' school reverses fortunes through focus on technology

    8 Oct 2014

    In the late 1980s, a Tokyo girls' school was close to collapse, with only five students in its junior high school. The school had been established many years earlier by Masako Urushi, a pioneer of women's education in Japan. In the face of i...

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  • Leadership summit for young changemakers

    3 Oct 2014

    Schoolgirls from Queensland and Victoria gathered this week for a unique leadership summit. The Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia hosted the two-day program at St Margaret’s Anglican Girls’ School commencing on 2 October....

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  • Alliance principals 'Yarning Up' at Lockhart River

    2 Oct 2014

    In early August, seven principals from Alliance member schools, including President Judith Poole and Vice-President Fran Reddan, visited Lockhart River in remote North Queensland for a 'Women's Yarning Up' tour organised by Bond Universi...

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  • Game of Thrones stars join 'Face up to violence against girls' campaign

    2 Oct 2014

    Game of Thrones stars Lena Headey and Natalie Dormer have appeared in a series of advertisements for Plan UK's 'Face up to violence against girls' campaign against child marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM). Headey and Dormer wer...

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  • Women on film: documentary series highlighting groundbreaking women in history

    30 Sep 2014

    American public broadcaster, PBS, and MAKERS, a media platform that highlights notable women, have combined forces to put women back into the history books and bring attention to their achievements of the last 50 years. Six documentaries - Women in ...

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  • NZ's National Council of Women opposes bikini-clad promo girls at technology expo

    30 Sep 2014

    The National Council of Women New Zealand (NCWNZ) has issued a press release saying it is "heartened by the strong response to the inappropriate use of bikini-clad girls" as part of a company display at a technology expo in Auckland. The c...

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  • Female scientists in India celebrate Mars Orbiter Spacecraft launch

    30 Sep 2014

    A colourful photograph of female scientists dressed in saris hugging each other in the control room of India's Mars mission has gone viral on the internet, highlighting the success of the Indian space program in attracting and retaining women. S...

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  • Boyer Lectures 2014: The future of women in science

    28 Sep 2014

    Professor Suzanne Cory, one of Australia's most eminent scientists, has argued strongly in the final of this year's Boyer Lectures that there is a "serious deficit" of women at the higher levels of university science departments. S...

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  • Playground: The child sex trade in America

    24 Sep 2014

    Join US film director and social change maker Libby Spears for a Q&A and screening of the film, Playground: The child sex trade in America. The film looks at the underground epidemic of young children being forced into prostitution in the United...

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  • Qld scholarships for girls applying to study non-traditional fields closing 10 October

    23 Sep 2014

    Applications for the third round of Queensland's Supporting Women Scholarships will close at 2.00pm on 10 October 2014. Girls wishing to commence study in 2015 in a non-traditional degree or course at a Queensland university or registered traini...

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  • Girls' body image affected by older peers

    23 Sep 2014

    A new US study published in Psychology of Women Quarterly this month has found that girls are more likely to experience body image issues and have a greater desire to be thin if they are educated alongside older girls at school. ...

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  • Female scientists receive key 2014 Eureka Prizes

    17 Sep 2014

    The Australian Museum Eureka Prizes reward excellence in science with 15 prizes awarded in 2014 for: research and innovation; leadership; science communication and journalism; and school science. This year, 3 individual prizes were awarded to female...

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  • Conversations on bullying

    16 Sep 2014

    In the latest of a series of articles on bullying in The Conversation, Barbara Spears, Director of the Wellbeing Research Group at the Centre for Research in Education, University of South Australia, argues that the "single most important thing...

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  • Australia Student Prize 2013: Continuing academic excellence at Australia's girls' schools

    10 Sep 2014

    On 26 August 2014, Australia’s top 500 students for 2013 were awarded the Australian Student Prize for outstanding work during their final year of secondary school. There were 10 recipients from the Australian Capital Territory, 149 from New S...

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  • Prof Tanya Monro appointed Deputy Vice Chancellor Research at UniSA

    5 Sep 2014

    Professor Tanya Monro, currently an Australian Research Council (ARC) Georgina Sweet Laureate Fellow, Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Nanoscale BioPhotonics and Director of the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing at the Universi...

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  • Annual Science Breakfast: Growing a network of female scientists

    29 Aug 2014

    Our Victorian branch of the Alliance recently held the annual Science Breakfast, in conjunction with our co-hosts Mentone Girls’ Grammar. The event was another great success with close to 200 guests coming together with the joint purpose of en...

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  • Report of the 2014 Thinker in Residence on resilience

    27 Aug 2014

    Dr Michael Ungar, international expert in child resilience, recently visited Perth at the invitation of Western Australia's Commission for Children and Young People, completing a two-week residency as its 2014 'Thinker in Residence'. Dr ...

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  • Increased rates of depression and anxiety in children and teenage girls

    24 Aug 2014

    Two articles in Brisbane's Sunday Mail highlight the stressful effect that NAPLAN testing and exams are having on children and teenage girls. The first article reports that some parents are resorting to hypnosis to help their children, whil...

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  • Physically fit kids have more compact white brain matter

    20 Aug 2014

    A new study by researchers at the University of Illinois has shown that children who are aerobically fit have more fibrous and compact white matter tracts in the brain than less fit children. More compact white matter is associated with faster and m...

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  • Alliance Research Grant

    16 Aug 2014

    The Alliance is committed to funding research into the education of girls at single-sex girls’ schools. We are offering a research grant of $15000 (AUD) to assist with practical aspects of research, such as travel and collaboration. The grant ...

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  • First female winner of Fields maths medal

    13 Aug 2014

    The first ever female winner of the Fields Medal for mathematics has been awarded to Professor Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian mathematician based at Stanford University, for her work on complex geometry. The Fields Medal, often described as the Nobel...

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  • Girls underrepresented in ICT workforce

    11 Aug 2014

    The latest figures reveal that only 10% of employees in technical positions at Twitter are women. Similarly, only 21% of Pinterest's and 17% of Google's technical workforces are female. Job prospects and salaries in ICT are excellent and sti...

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  • Science-themed clothing for girls

    4 Aug 2014

    A recent Facebook post by an American mother, whose daughter loves science and wants to be an astronaut, has led to a clothing company introducing girls' t-shirts with realistic science themes. Lisa Ryder complained that the girls' t-shirts ...

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  • Girls don't need to be forced to like science.

    1 Aug 2014

    In a recent article published in the Telegraph titled "If a girl isn't interested in science, dont force her to be" author Mary Kenny made unsubstantiated claims about girls' participation in science. The Alliance co-authored a res...

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  • School subject choices impact on earning capacity for girls

    20 Jun 2014

    Earlier this week Graduate Careers Australia released findings from a 2013 survey showing the starting salaries of male university graduates under 25 were on average 9.4 per cent higher than females. The report suggested that girls should be encoura...

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  • Girls making a difference

    15 Jun 2014

    In 2013 Lucy Tothill and Gussie Cohen attended the Alliance's Student Leadership Conference and were inspired to create a global organisation to fund education for girls in third world countries. Education Girls Globally (EGG) has

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  • It's been 50 days since the kidnapping of 273 Nigerian school girls

    4 Jun 2014

    Here are some of the unique ways our girls' schools have campaigned for the return of the girls kidnapped in April. St Margaret's Anglican Girls School in Brisbane. Students tied messages of hope written on ribbons on the school'...

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  • Creative Girls Creative Women - Conference papers

    3 Jun 2014

    Access to conference papers is restricted to delegates. For more information please contact Loren Bridge (T) 61 7 55217049 (E) Click here for papers

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  • Resources from the Victorian Branch Seminar

    23 May 2014

    Michelle Dennis, eLearning Manager at Mentone Girls' Grammar School recently spoke at a Victorian Branch Seminar. During this highly successful seminar, Michelle explained the unique perceptions and relationships that girls have with technology. She a...

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  • Single-Sex Education Belongs In The 21st Century

    8 May 2014

    Read this article in Forbes magazine which reminds readers that single-sex education is still extremely relevant for students today. The author also provides a glimpse into the current state of single-sex schooling in the UK. Full article - Single-S...

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  • High school students from the Philippines visit Brisbane

    30 Apr 2014

    The Alliance of Girls' Schools Australasia has connected member schools from the Philippines and Brisbane to explore STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics opportunities. A delegation of eighteen secondary school stud...

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  • Alliance SLC 2014 leaders making a difference

    31 Mar 2014

    Two leaders from our 2014 Student Leadership Conference are raising awareness and funds for the Robert Connor Dawes Fund (RCD Fund). The fund supports brain matters in the areas of research, care and development, and was established in memory of Robert...

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  • Ban Bossy

    15 Mar 2014

    Alliance President Judith Poole talks about Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg's campaign to ban the word bossy. You can view the original Ban Bossy campiagn by watching the video below. Click here to view TV interview on Channel 9's Morning p...

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  • I am a girl airs on ABC2 tonight

    5 Mar 2014

    The award winning, feature length documentary I am a girl airs on ABC2 tonight. This film paints a clear picture of the reality of what it means to be a girl in the 21st Century. The documentary interviews coupled with the poetic and observational, cap...

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  • 2014 Victorian International Women’s Day Breakfast

    4 Mar 2014

    The Alliance’s first 2014 International Women’s Day event was held in the beautiful Queen’s Hall, Parliament House in Melbourne. Girls from member schools gathered excitedly on the steps of parliament before entering the hall, which q...

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  • New abstracts in our research pages

    10 Feb 2014

    Two new abstracts have been added to our research pages. Martin, Nejad, Colmar & Liem (2013) explored how adaptable adolescents are at school. A student’s adaptability “is likely to be demonstrated through higher levels of mental health...

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  • Women of Achievement photo gallery updated

    27 Jan 2014

    Please look at our updated photo gallery Women of Achievement. Every member school has a woman of achievement who was educated at their school. These are women who have made a significant achievement in their career or service to the community, and bee...

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  • Young leaders in the making

    15 Jan 2014

    Some of the brightest young female students from Australia, New Zealand and Asia have come together on the Gold Coast this week for an event that will help forge international connections and develop the leaders of tomorrow. The 160 girls from mem...

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2015 Student Leadership Conference

2015 Student Leadership Conference

6-10 January

Bond University, Gold Coast Australia

Join tomorrow's leaders for this unique conference experience.


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Schooling For Girls

If you are well taught you never forget it. And I do retain a strong partiality towards the idea of single sex schooling for girls. I certainly appreciate, in retrospect, the space it gave all of us to test ourselves and to do so in an uninhibited way.
Maxine McKew Former Federal Politician and ABC Journalist; Graduate of All Hallows School in Brisbane

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