Why a Girls’ School?
Congratulations to our Year 12 students
• 18.5% of students in top 1% nationally
• 48.2% of students in top 5% nationally
Junior School Twilight Tour:
Monday 4 September at 5pm
Our next whole School Tour is:
Thursday 14 September at 9am
With a ‘can do’ attitude, St Peter’s Girls’ School encourages your daughter to be the very
best she can be.
Where girls flourish
Why choose an education for your daughter at St Peter’s Girls’ School? Is it the dynamic curriculum, the expectation of excellence in academic, sporting, co-curricular and artistic pursuits, the grounds, or the Anglican heritage? All of these are compelling reasons. Enabling a girl to be the best she can be is not just rhetoric, but lived experience in all aspects of school life.
Furthermore, what is unequivocal in the research is that when we want improved learning outcomes, the most significant impact is the quality of the teaching. With this in mind, parents can be confident that St Peter’s Girls is an excellent choice. Not only do we have highly qualified and talented educators, but as a School we also firmly embrace the continuous learning model for our staff. Our staff teach with effective and progressive pedagogies, and are experts in their fields.
However, when we consider single-sex education, the debate on what is best has an interesting array of claims and counter claims.
Girls who learn in all-girl environments are believed to be more comfortable responding to questions and sharing their opinions in class and more likely to explore… subjects such as maths, science, and technology.
Researchers from other studies found that boys called out eight times as often as girls did. When a boy yelled out, the teacher ignored the ‘raise your hand’ rule and usually praised his contribution. Girls who called out got reminders to raise their hands.
When boys dominate a class, girls can become passive learners. They often do not have the confidence to speak up. Teacher time is occupied with engaging with the more vocal and demanding students.
Co-educational supporters say that school mirrors life. We do not live in a single-sex society and therefore our schools should reflect this reality. At St Peter’s Girls, we believe that a school is one part of society. Our girls have many opportunities to engage in social and structured activities with boys. It is in their learning, confidence and social-emotional outcomes that that they reap the benefits of single-sex education.
The journal of the Alliance of Girls’ Schools outlines research that affirms what we at Saints know from our collective experience about the advantages of gender based education. The research demonstrated the following:
- Girls achieve highly in the Middle years
- Outstanding results in Senior School
- Girls in single-sex schools are highly likely to enter university
- Girls accomplish high results in individual subjects
- Risk-taking and healthy competition
- ‘Gender atypical’ subject selection
The important consideration here is that the conclusions are research based. This article verifies what we see on any day at School. We can walk into our classrooms and see confident and articulate young ladies. They are questioning, considering problems and solutions, raising hypotheses and speaking enthusiastically about their activities. The brass band plays with gusto; the sports field is alive with healthy competition and endeavour.
Yes, co-education also provides positive outcomes, but the single-sex education at Saints Girls is still the best choice in developing a child’s full potential and in providing the skills and dispositions to allow our girls to flourish.
- I love the small community and great teachers who care not only about their students’ grades, but also well-being and inclusivity for all.
Eloise, Year 11
- As a learner, I want to know more
Gabriella, Year 12
- Even though we have to get up early, I love rowing. Competing at the Head of the River made all the hard work worthwhile.
Sophia, Year 10
- I really like how when you walk down the main corridor, everyone says hi, including the teachers.
Tegan, Year 6
- Things I love about Saints? Non-judgemental, strives for excellence, wonderful opportunities, great teachers, international and multicultural.
Klea, Year 11
- The girls and the teachers are so friendly to be around and you can always get help from anyone in the class.
Dimity, Year 8
- The St Peter’s Girls’ ELC gives my daughter a place to be herself and explore her world in an environment she feels safe in and is immensely proud of.
- Everyone is supportive and it is a great School. I have been here all my life.
Ebony, Year 8
- I have always admired the passion the School has for developing girls who are well-rounded in all aspects of their academic, sporting and personal life.
- I love the girls and the friendly atmosphere. Everyone is really nice and caring. I love being able to come to School and talk to girls from all year levels.
Emma, Year 8
- Good results come from hard work, commitment (on both the teacher’s and students’ behalf) and the establishment of positive relationships between the teacher and the students. Mutual understanding and respect are key.