Shakespeare. A name that can conjure up joy and groans, fear and love, laughter and confusion. He’s been around for a while for a reason. Schools, universities, curriculum authorities, theatre companies and film directors all contribute to his ongoing cultural and educational currency.

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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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.

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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.

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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.

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