With Open Day this weekend you may have friends and colleagues asking you about the reasons why you chose a girls’ school for your daughter. One (of the many reasons why) is that research confirms that in girls’ only environments, girls are much more likely to follow “non- gender influenced subject choices”; they are more likely to take, and do well in what are regarded as boy subjects. This was very effectively demonstrated at the recent International Young Physicists’ Tournament debates, when the St Cuthbert’s College team was the top girls’ team, finishing in the top four schools; our students – Dasha Shieff, Tiffany Lee and Tiffany Goh – finished ahead of many boys’ school teams and were the only females in the top five. Sadly, there were very few girls in the co-ed school teams.
In 2015 more of our graduating class chose STEM related tertiary courses than any other area of study – and the vast majority of these students had taken humanities and creative subjects to the end of Y13, ensuring their experience was balanced. Our IYPT team illustrates very effectively that in the right environment, girls are highly successful across all disciplines and that choice of discipline is mediated by their interests and dispositions, not by external factors.
Two Extremes of Competition
Fortunes were a little more mixed in the fiercest battle of the year – between the staff and the prefects – in the annual fixtures for the swimming and track relays. The prefects were convincing winners of the swimming relay while the staff rallied in the face of several postponements to take out the track event. In the face of the draw, and as winners of the 2015 duel, the staff retained the very impressive plastic trophy which marks this clash of the …Titans.
In assembly today, the girls farewelled Head Girl Antonia Young who is the only school girl member of New Zealand Women’s Water Polo team heading tonight to the Netherlands for Olympic qualifying matches ; the Kiwi team is vying for one of four places in the Olympic Games this year in Rio in August. The Year 5 girls had made a fantastic banner for Antonia wishing her luck for the tournament and she left with our very best wishes, having spent lunchtime today with the prefects in perfect pre-competition activity – running a Jump Jam event for the Junior School!
Mrs Lynda Reid