The ‘Getting’ of Wisdom in the 21st Century

The ‘Getting of Wisdom’ is not solely linked to academic pursuits, but also to the life skills required to navigate the world with compassion, generosity and veracity. How can education professionals ensure that students develop these essential skills.

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The squiggly line of exceptional

To lead the world of the future, our girls need to be big, brave and bold. They need to become comfortable with discomfort, cultivate the difficult and embrace failure. The challenge of becoming exceptional is to traverse the squiggly line.

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Making educated choices

Thinking about the future and one’s place in it can be exciting but also a bit daunting. Many students will discover that their career trajectory follows a straight line. They might also find that success in the workforce will not solely be determined by mastery of a set of skills. The need to make a meaningful contribution to the world may also emerge as a core component of future happiness and for this reason, students should consider how their choices at school can facilitate this.

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Building capacity for academic resilience and confidence

There are many factors that influence the academic learning that occurs in our classrooms. As teachers and parents we understand that the underlying motivation of our students and daughters plays an enormous part in how they approach and engage with every challenge put before them. Ms Natalie Smith, Dean of Studies and Planning discusses the latest thinking in this area.

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Calligraphy: a beautiful art form and an exercise in mindfulness

To write calligraphy with mastery, a state of flow and full awareness — mindfulness — must be achieved. Mindful activities like calligraphy, are an effective way to reduce stress, increase self-awareness, enhance emotional intelligence and help effectively deal with difficult thoughts and feeling.

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Contagion of Calm

Keeping calm in stressful situations and having an understanding your emotional response is an essential skill teenagers need to acquire. Head of House Ms Deborah Perz discusses ways to develop resilience in early adolescence.

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Neuro-nonsense

NASA Space Camp is just one of the many ways that Brisbane Girls Grammar School students challenge the notion that male and female brains are fundamentally different. Dean of Students Mrs Anne Ingram explores this nero-nonsense myth.

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Vive les Différences?

A Girls Grammar education is one that debunks notions of sameness and encourages our girls to value diversity. International exchanges, study tours, language courses and events such as Diversity Day all contribute to allow students to experience, study, value and take action on cultural issues.

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