Partnerships with organisations and people in the wider community are important connections which we nurture and value highly. We seek to develop a wide range of opportunities for interaction and support between our partners which also benefits our girls and staff in broadening their own experiences.
TSS – The Southport School
One of our key partnerships is with our brother school TSS. This relationship has a long history of closeness. We are connected through the Anglican Church and also through the many families who select St Hilda’s for the education of their daughters and TSS for their sons. The schools share similar aspirations for the education of young people. Both schools have an emphasis on the provision of a balanced education, which incorporates the opportunity to be involved in many extra-curricular activities. Sport, music, dramatic performances and debating are important parts of our programs alongside our excellent academic teaching.
The students form close relationships that are built on the many connections between the two schools. In sport, there is close cooperation between the rowing programs. We row from the TSS boat shed and many of the coaches work in both programs. The schools have social interaction between our boarders and there is a shared bus that returns boys and girls home to the Toowoomba and Goondiwindi areas at the end of term. There is social mixing that often starts with St Hilda’s Year 9 dance classes – a wonderfully popular program run over a number weeks with the Year 10 boys from TSS. The Middle School holds social activities for most of the Years 7 to 9 groups. Staff of both schools often tutor in the ‘other’ school and this helps both boys and girls maintain academic success. In brief, the connections between the schools are extensive.
TSS and St Hilda’s Support Mt Isa Sports for Bush Kids Week
Indigenous Scholarships and Yalari
St Hilda’s School supports the work of Yalari and is pleased to offer educational opportunities to indigenous students. Yalari was founded by Indigenous educator Waverley Stanley and his wife Llew Mullins. Yalari supports indigenous children from regional, rural and remote communities and towns, to gain access to a first-class secondary education through scholarships to attend some of Australia’s leading boarding schools.
Waverley’s own experience of attending boarding school at Toowoomba Grammar School over 20 years ago started him on the Yalari journey. Yalari draws its support from individuals, companies, philanthropic foundations and government departments.
Alliance of Girls’ Schools Association
St Hilda’s School is a member of the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Association. AGSA is a non-profit organisation which aims to promote the education of girls in single sex girls’ schools and increase public awareness that single sex schools provide the optimal learning environment for girls.
Why Choose a Girls’ School for your daughter?
Girls in girls’ schools achieve significantly stronger academic results than any other group
Girl-centred learning leaves no doubt as to who receives the teacher’s full attention, or who will be taking maths, science and technology classes
There is a greater sense of connectedness – listening, helping and accepting others’ points of view
All the leadership roles are filled by girls, from the captain of the touch football team to the head of the student body
In girls’ schools, girls see strong female role models and understand that they too can achieve successful outcomes from their own efforts
All activities are open to girls: they participate, influence and lead In an all-girl classroom, girls take on all the roles in the group, providing an atmosphere where students take the risks necessary for genuine achievement
Girls thrive and excel in collaborative teams
Teachers can match their teaching to the way girls learn and develop their courses to suit girls’ needs
Girls can work through the challenges of adolescence without fear of embarrassment or harassment
Girls can develop their relationships in a supportive environment
There is no obstacle preventing girls from exploring a career in any area
Girls’ achievements are celebrated
Australian Boarding Schools’ Association
St Hilda’s School is a member of the Australian Boarding Schools’ Association, which champions the need for boarding to be professional and caring in their quest to provide a ‘home away from home’ and a warm and secure environment for their students. The happy memories of contemporary boarding life will last a lifetime, as will the benefits of learning how to live in a community with others.
St Hilda’s School for girls and The Southport School for boys have a unique common background – both are private Anglican schools accommodating boarders and day students – located minutes apart at Southport on the Gold Coast.
While the success of both schools reflects the benefits of a separate formal education for girls and boys, both schools acknowledge that social interaction between boys and girls is an essential, enjoyable and a highly beneficial part of their maturation. At St Hilda’s and TSS, we encourage this and we know parents expect it.
The location of the two schools provides the ideal environment for bringing social interaction into a range of student activities. The Linkage Program between the two schools embraces cooperation at many levels in the schools’ operations, including discounts for parents who send children to both schools.
Young adolescents are strongly driven by the need for interpersonal involvement. Social interaction opportunities with TSS enhance communication and build community connections. Years 7 and 8 are involved in activity afternoons which provide avenues for the girls to interact with the boys from TSS in a social context, strengthening the connections between the two schools. One of the most anticipated rites of passage events for girls in Year 9 is the dance classes with TSS Year 10 boys. These opportunities to socialise and form friendships whilst learning new skills add another dimension to the girls’ experience.
St Hilda’s School is committed to strong relationships with other learning institutions which will further expand the global learning opportunities of our students. The following universities work hand-in-hand with the school to offer learning experiences as well as scholarship opportunities.
Lecture theatres, case study rooms and tutorial rooms are conveniently located in the University Centre building; several student restaurants, cafes and bars circle the lake; and on-campus accommodation is within easy walking distance of all university faculties. The study facilities at Bond are world-class, incorporating high-tech lecture theatres, the latest broadband and wifi computer connections, and libraries that are ranked among Australia’s best. Complementing these academic features, you’ll find a comprehensive selection of recreational and social outlets that encourage interaction between students outside the classroom.
Since opening its doors in 1975, Griffith University has come to be regarded as one of Australia’s most innovative tertiary institutions and one of the most influential universities in the Asia-Pacific region. It was
the first university in Australia to offer degrees in Asian studies and Environmental studies and remains a pioneer in these fields. We have grown to be a large multi-campus institution with internationally recognised strengths in teaching and research. Griffith now offers more than 300 degrees across five campuses and is home to more than 40 000 students from 124 countries.
The University of Queensland
The University of Queensland (UQ) is in the top 100 universities worldwide, measured through a number of major independent university rankings: the Academic Ranking of World Universities, Times Higher Education World University Rankings, QS World University Rankings and, Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities. UQ is also the largest university in Queensland. The university’s global research positioning was highlighted by the election of five UQ scientists to the Australian Academy of Science in 2013 – one quarter of the 20 new Fellows and the most from any institution in the country.
Southern Cross University
Southern Cross University is a vibrant, contemporary Australian university with beautiful campuses at the Gold Coast, Lismore and Coffs Harbour. The university welcomes students from more than 80 countries and offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses in an inspiring and supportive learning environment. The university has a strong student focus and takes pride in the quality of its lecturers, many of whom are recognised as leaders in their fields.
Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association
St Hilda’s School has supported the activities of the Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association for many years, as a Diamond sponsor of State Conferences in 2012 and 2013. The school, in association with TSS and other organisations, also supports the Mt Isa Sports For Bush Kids Week held each December.
ICPA is a voluntary national parent body dedicated to ensuring that all geographically isolated students have equality with their non-isolated peers, of access to an appropriate education. ICPA has over 3300 member families, residing in the more remote parts of Australia, who all share a common concern of gaining access to education for their children and the provision of services required to achieve this.