And that’s a wrap!
Congratulations to all of the staff and students involved in a brilliant College Musical. The final show on Saturday evening was a spectacular performance, full of energy and excitement, as months of hard work and endeavour were coming to an end. While the performers certainly deserve our admiration and appreciation, shows of this calibre cannot proceed without the effort and industry of all those who choose not to be in the limelight – from the backstage crew, through to the AV and lighting techs, to those supporting with set design and construction and hair and make-up. A wonderful effort of team-work and collaboration all round to deliver a brilliant piece of musical theatre. I am sure there are many of us looking forward to what next year’s musical will bring.
Girls in STEAM
A recent article shared the following statistics.
Despite efforts to engage girls in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), recent HSC data shows that girls’ involvement in higher-level maths is steadily declining — yet data from the Victorian Certificate for Education shows that girls at single-sex schools are 85 percent more likely to take advanced mathematics than girls in co-ed schools.
They are also 79 percent more likely to study chemistry, 68 percent more likely to take intermediate mathematics, and 47 percent more likely to study physics. Across the board, girls’ schools deliver higher participation in STEM subjects and this is supported by higher levels of engagement, enjoyment and aspiration.
At St Columba’s, our students are confident to select subjects in a broad range of fields, and we encourage them to pursue their areas of interest, talent and ability. The “Girls in STEM” argument is not limited to the representation of women in these fields. It is about ensuring that girls have the confidence and support to break away from gender stereotypes and consider the whole spectrum of study and work options available to them.
As we move into subject selection time, it is important for students to think carefully about the pathways they would like to follow and to reflect on their learning and assessment feedback. They should use this information to design a program that will inspire them to excellence in meeting the goals they aspire to achieve.
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