NEGS is proud to be a girls’ school that caters for individual differences in a rural setting. The climate and culture of NEGS is a reflection of its location and surroundings where we engage with rural-specific issues for adolescent girls allowing them to be active, focused and engaged in a wide range of activities. As such, NEGS is able to provide a more open and transparent view of the students, their families and the School given that rural communities are more connected and visibility is high for girls in their communities.
At NEGS, we firmly believe that our senior school is a girl-friendly environment best suited to the needs of girls. There is a growing body of national and international research that supports our belief in single-sex education for girls.
Girls’ schools are ideally positioned to educate, inspire and nurture the wellbeing of girls today to become the leaders of tomorrow. In co-educational schools, girls may be distracted from the issues that are important to them; in single-sex schools, every girl has a voice. Curriculum and pastoral care are tailored for girls, who are given opportunities to develop, excel and flourish. Girls in a single-sex school such as NEGS can be involved in debating, choose to study physics, ride their horses at the Equestrian Centre or be part of the only girls’ school shooting team in Australia.
Girls in single-sex girls’ schools achieve significantly strong academic results. Without the competition from boys, girls are free to pursue academic excellence and each achievement is celebrated.
Role Models and Leadership
All leadership roles in girls’ schools are filled by girls: from the captain of the hockey team to the SRC leaders to the Head Prefect; from singing at Assembly to the main part in the school play or musical; and from student leadership groups to the leaders of every school club. Younger students see these female leaders as role models and learn that girls can lead in any field.
A Tailored Curriculum
Girls’ education is a specialised field. Teachers tailor their pedagogy for the girls. This means that students are more likely to be engaged with the content and the methods used in each subject. Girls are free to participate in class without the teacher’s attention being dominated by boys.
Girls at girls’ schools enjoy a vast range of opportunities where they can decide to be involved with some activities or all activities. All activities are open to girls: they participate, influence and lead. There is no gender stereotyping with subject selection. Girls are able and encouraged to explore a career or future in any area.
Counteracting Negative Influences
Girls can work through the challenges of adolescence without fear of embarrassment or harassment. Many single-sex girls’ schools run specific programs that focus on the wellbeing of girls particularly in relation to the issues in society that constantly confront them. Educators in girls’ schools believe strongly in helping girls to accept and be comfortable with ‘who they are.’.
Girls’ schools prepare students to be citizens of the world, using rapidly developing technology and forming connections with girls in other countries. There is an emphasis on social justice and community as girls are encouraged to make connections with others outside the classroom walls. NEGS has a strong commitment to the Round Square organisation.