An area of focus for this year is numeracy development, particularly deepening girls’ number sense. While it is really satisfying to use calculus to find the equation of a tangent to a cubic polynomial in Year 12, you can’t do that if you can’t add, subtract, multiply and divide numbers.

Spotlight On: Perfectionism

29 March 2019

Both at home and school the girls must be provided from an early age with opportunities to experience failure safely. It is also important not to rush in to fix problems for them, despite the desire to see them happy and thriving at all times.

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Spotlight On: The Impact of Parental Engagement on Students’ Success

11 March 2019

Formal education is one of the many ways that children learn and develop but even before they walk through the school gates, experiences at home and within the community start a child’s learning journey and will continue to have a significant impact throughout their entire life.

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Spotlight On: A Truly Independent Education

5 March 2019

Most of what we do know about learning comes from a trial-and-error approach in cognitive psychology. Basically, researchers try something out, see if the kids learn from it and then build a theory about what might be going on underneath. The results are fascinating and increasingly robust, but it’s psychology and not neuroanatomy. There is much we don’t know, and which we have no reasonable prospect of knowing.

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Spotlight On: The Best Teachers

25 February 2019

If you were asked what quality you would most like your daughter’s teacher to have, would you favour kindness or intelligence?

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Spotlight On: Single-Sex Education

18 February 2019

There are myriad ways in which a Queenwood education is shaped by our single-sex learning environment. You won’t be surprised to know that we think (and write) about this rather a lot; but in this newsletter, I will focus on just one aspect: confidence. 

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Spotlight On: The Joy of Gratitude

12 February 2019

Defining gratitude is not easy. It is more than a synonym for thanks. It plays an important role in many spiritual traditions as well as in the modern positive psychology movement.

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Spotlight On: Can You Make Yourself Smarter?

3 December 2018

Innate intelligence certainly varies amongst people, but having a high level of background knowledge can have a similar effect to having high innate intelligence. Someone who already knows a lot will pick things up faster, efficiently integrate new information into an existing conceptual schema and be able to bring critical faculties to bear more powerfully on new problems.

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Spotlight On: Girls for Girls

20 November 2018

One of the greatest gifts we give our children is the ability to be empathetic towards others. The first step to creating a more harmonious world is to practise empathy and to connect with the beauty, challenges and agency that create another person’s story.

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Spotlight On: Finding Their Way

12 November 2018

The process of decision-making, of assessing the pros and cons in order to decide between options, is described by cognitive scientists as executive function. Exercising executive function engages the prefrontal structures in the brain, muscle structures that tire with the number rather than the gravity of decisions.

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Spotlight On: Cultural Immersion

29 October 2018

First impressions are lasting impressions, and the heat and red dust that greeted us on our arrival in Arnhem Land certainly permeated the Mother/Daughter trip - but our eight days together were much more than just this.

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