Centre for Science Research
Brisbane Girls Grammar School has a long and proven history of enculturating students into the theory and practice of science. The School’s Science Curricula aim to produce responsible citizens in our ever-changing globalised world, as well as the scientists, engineers, or technologists of the future. The Centre for Science Research, which was opened by Queensland Chief Scientist Professor Peter Andrews in 2008, allows interested students to cultivate their passion for science outside the classroom.
Through the Centre, students train for science competitions such as the International Young Physicists Tournament (IYPT), IYPT Australia, the Junior Young Physicists Tournament (JYPT), the International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO), and the Australian Physics Chemistry, and Biology Olympiads. By providing opportunities that will nurture and excite young scientists as they engage in high-quality scientific research, the School aims to secure the future of science education both globally and locally.
Centre for Professional Practice
From its inception in 2005, the Centre for Professional Practice (CPP) has been closely aligned to the School’s Aspiration to be respected internationally as a leader in education for young women and professional teaching practice. The CPP’s unique model links pre-service, beginning and experienced teachers in a seamless collaborative learning environment—at its heart is the belief in the centrality of the quality of teaching to excellence in educational outcomes for our students.
The Centre and its programmes have placed Girls Grammar at the vanguard in providing quality teacher professional development on campus with a series of interlocking activities. Teacher Talk, with its primary purpose of sharing professional wisdom to spark innovation, offers three strands of professional conversations to staff:
Provocations—staff benefit from an array of stimulating ideas presented by guest speakers that enhance the professional learning community of the School. This enriches cross-faculty collegiality and understanding, and consequently the quality of teaching received by our students.
Passions—these presentations showcase the expertise and interests of our staff who enthuse others with topics that have fired their imaginations.
Pathways—these seminars promote empathetic mentorship, featuring professional focus topics led by our own staff experts, to enhance the mentoring experience for pre-service teachers at the School.