Inspire the next generation with an all girls' approach

They say, ‘If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you’.

We believe the same thing can be said about the world we live in: challenge leads to change. While there has been much gender equality progress over recent decades, our world is not yet gender-equal. Data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics indicates that on average, men are earning $263.90 more than women per week. Thus, it is imperative for educators to inspire the next generation of women to challenge the world and create change.

Research now shows that girls’ schools provide young women with a supportive yet challenging environment, one that ensures all students are encouraged to break free from stereotypes, be bold in their choices, and shine.

At Toorak College, we do not seek to replicate the world. Instead, we seek to push boundaries and inspire growth. Our all-girls’ approach focuses not only on the present, but also the future. We strive to create a safe environment where students are encouraged to dream big and champion change.

Inspire the next generation with an all girl's approach

How do all-girls schools help challenge the world?

Girls’ schools inspire girls to be their authentic selves

An all-girls approach offers the best opportunities to ignore and break free from gender stereotypes, developing a strong sense of self and gaining boundless confidence.

Girls’ schools help redefine gendered expectations

First, for themselves. Then, for the world. Evidence shows that the threats of stereotypes are reduced in a single-sex environment as females aren’t inhibited by culturally-driven norms surrounding female behaviours.

All-girls’ schools move away from expectations and understand the fundamental role of any school is to provide students with options, to put the decision making back into the hands of girls, and allow them the chance to unapologetically uncover their passions. Then, they build and develop this passion throughout their educational journey.

What does this look like at school and in the workforce? An Australian study found that girls who attended a single-sex school are more likely to study STEM subjects at school and at university. In an industry where only 16% of the workforce are female, Toorak College is proud to announce that the year after we opened our new Swift Science and Technology Centre, over 40% of the graduating class were offered university placements in STEM fields.

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Girls’ schools celebrate supporting each other.

Girls’ schools celebrate each and every student for their differences, their passion, and their drive. Support comes from other students and the wider school community, with statistics showing students at all-girls schools experience higher levels of support from classmates, teachers and other staff than peers at co-educational schools.

Further studies demonstrate that all-girls’ schools encourage increased self- esteem, psychological and social wellbeing in adolescent girls.

Girls’ schools provide tailored support.

Statistically, girls thrive in an all-girls environment. This is because girls’ schools provide students with a space that stimulates discussion, dialogue and self- discovery. Designed and purpose-built by girls’ education experts, the environment is centred around what girls need and their developmental milestones.

Girls’ schools are more relevant today than ever before as they prepare girls to become industry and global leaders. With many conversations around the benefits of women in the workplace and boardrooms, the voices of girls and young women need to be amplified. Girls need to be empowered to find their voice to stand up and be counted.

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