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The Benefits of a Girls School

Girls achieve better results in an all girls setting

At Kildare, we understand how to provide your daughter with an education that will enhance her confidence, resilience and success.

Research shows that girls in girls schools achieve significantly stronger academic results than any other group in Australia.

We are committed to an all-girl learning environment where girls are encouraged to take intellectual risks, developing the self-belief and skills they need to develop and grow.

Girls’ schools are specialists in girls’ education

The following benefits have been identified by the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia:

  • An all-girls school can create an atmosphere that counteracts the negative influence of mass media and its often troubling depictions of women and girls.
  • Girls at girls’ schools enjoy not only equal opportunity, they enjoy every opportunity.
  • Girls are freer to participate in class discussions, without being dominated by boys.
  • Girls don’t have to live up to expectations that they must be nice, quiet, non-athletic, and passive.
  • Girls prefer written texts and tend to be more interested in the emotional workings of literary characters.
  • Most girls prefer fiction and enjoy learning through narrative, with context to their learning.
  • In relationships, girls solve issues through dialogue, text messages and social networking sites; boys are more physical with their solutions.
  • Girls hear better and are more sensitive to angry, loud voices.
  • They want to know why Beethoven composed a certain piece and where he was when he wrote it. Boys just want to play the song.
  • Teaching girls using an approach which recognises these gender differences enables girls to live up to their full potential and be comfortable being themselves.

Girls’ schools are ‘can do’ environments

  • Girls’ in girls’ schools achieve significantly stronger academic results than any other group in Australia.
  • Girl-centred learning leaves no doubt as to who receives the teacher’s full attention, or who will be taking maths, science, and technology classes.
  • There is a greater sense of connectedness – listening, helping and accepting others’ points of view.
  • All the leadership roles are filled by girls: from the captain of the touch football team to the head of the student body; from the first trombone in the school orchestra to the main part in the school play; and from all the committee chairs in every organisation to the leaders of every school club.
  • In girls’ schools, girls see strong female role models, and are encouraged to achieve successful outcomes from their own efforts.
  • All activities are open to girls: they participate, influence and lead.
  • In an all-girl classroom, girls take on all the roles in the group, providing an atmosphere where students take the risks necessary for genuine achievement.
  • Girls thrive and excel in collaborative teams.
  • Teachers can match their teaching to the way girls learn and develop their courses to suit girls’ needs.
  • Girls can work through the challenges of adolescence without fear of embarrassment or harassment.
  • Girls can develop their relationships in a supportive environment. • Girls are able and encouraged to explore a career in any area.
  • Girls’ achievements are celebrated.

For the latest research on the benefits of girls education visit the Alliance of Girls Schools Australasia www.agsa.org.au.


Girls achieve better results in an all girls setting

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