Teachers regularly assess students in terms of the effort they put into their schoolwork. Effort is crucial to success and to assist students to rise to their potential we need to help them find the right kind of motivation. So which type of motivation are we talking about? Intrinsic motivation? Extrinsic motivation? Or perhaps a combination of both?

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.


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.


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.


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.


Spotlight On: Assemblies

19 October 2018

Our job is to draw our girls into the unfamiliar. We do not seek to make things easy and comfortable: instead, we expect all of our girls to engage with serious (and interesting!) ideas about the world.


Spotlight On: Gap Years

24 September 2018

Gap Year students can apply years of classroom knowledge to life experiences, resulting in greater clarity about career goals. Their Gap Year experiences gained can set them on a different track or confirm their direction. Either way, they enter university with a much clearer path.


Spotlight On: Raising Girls in the Age of Pink

14 September 2018

One can never safely generalise and thankfully some girls are immune to the external pressures, but the effects of 'pinkification' are real for many girls (and probably the majority). This is a very recent phenomenon.


Spotlight On: Device Free Dinner

10 September 2018

Digital technologies permeate almost every aspect of our lives. Abandoning them is neither realistic nor desirable, but the challenge for most people is determining how much is too much.


Spotlight On: Queenwood Culture

3 September 2018

Visitors often comment on how calm and welcoming the school seems. This is due to many things: the fact that we don’t use a school bell; the skill of our teachers in combining a steady buzz of energy with a sense of order and purpose in the classroom; the quality of the facilities; the beautiful, natural surroundings; the obvious freedom and trust which is granted to the girls as they move independently around the school.


Spotlight On: Intervention

20 August 2018

Parents want their children to achieve academic success and ‘intervention’ is often understood simply as extra attention which will accelerate learning. It is important, however, to understand what is properly meant by ‘intervention’ and what it will (or won’t) achieve.