Pause, Breathe, Smile

Friday, September 14th, 2018

Dr Rashna Taraporewalla, History Teacher and Mindfulness Facilitator

A yearning characteristic of the modern age is the desire to be more tranquil and focused. The wish to be calmer is almost universal. The age in which we live is wonderous in many ways, but also potently and tragically calibrated to predispose

It takes a village

Friday, September 7th, 2018

Mrs Jody Forbes, Director of Student Counselling

This week our Year 12 girls sat the annual Queensland Core Skills (QCS) exam. While it is soon to be phased out, the QCS Test has for many decades represented the pinnacle of secondary school, with the result contributing to a student’s final Overall

The Chase

Friday, August 31st, 2018

Ms Jo Duffy, Director of Sport

It was apparent to me long before I commenced my current role, that Girls Grammar is a school that prides itself on achieving excellence across a broad cross-section of disciplines, including sport. Flip through the pages of Mrs Pauline Harvey-Short’s history of Physical Education and

Developing student agency

Friday, August 24th, 2018

 Mrs Hazel Boltman, Head of Gibson House

One of the comments teachers often make when writing student reports is ‘she is encouraged to take responsibility for her own learning.’ Over the years, parents have queried what this phrase means, and asked how their daughters can apply this advice in their education.

Silence between the notes

Friday, August 17th, 2018

By Miss Ellena Papas, Dean of Co-curriculum

‘The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between.’ —Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

In Japanese aesthetics, there is the most beautiful concept, known so simply, as ‘ma’. Translated to ‘negative space’, ‘ma’ is that space between the walls of a building, the white between

What can games teach us about educational practice?

Friday, August 10th, 2018

Mr Brendon Thomas, Director of Technologies

Video games have been the topic of debate for years. From their association with behavioural addiction to their influence on social engagement, the popularity of gaming among young people is to say the least, contentious. However, removing ourselves from the pros and cons of actual

Prebunking trumps debunking

Friday, August 3rd, 2018

Dr Sally Stephens, Director of Science, discusses the difficulties in debunking the myths propagated by science sceptics and the importance of approaching new scientific claims with a degree of circumspection.

What makes ‘community’?

Friday, July 20th, 2018

Dr Belinda Burns, Director of Communications and Engagement, discusses the the nature of the School’s community, comprising teachers, professional staff and parents united in the common purpose of educating tomorrow’s generation of women.

The Power of the Ensemble

Friday, June 22nd, 2018

Mr Paul Holley OAM, Acting Director of Instrumental Music, spoke to students about the ensemble’s ability to provide skills of collaboration, discipline, commitment and resilience, while building a community of like-minded learners.

Bake to the Future

Friday, June 15th, 2018

Ms Sarah Frew, Associate Dean (Academic Care), reflects on working slowly in a fast-paced world—the choice to ‘slow’ in the face of agendas that endlessly call for agility and innovation.