Single sex education: the benefits and opportunities

In the end, girls’ schools should not be judged by the absence of boys, but rather by the presence – the self-assurance, poise and strength – of the girls themselves.

Seymour College provides a culture of achievement in which academic progress is of great importance, and the discovery and development of girls’ individual potential is paramount.

Girls simply take centre stage at Seymour. Our girls know that there is enormous potential and power in being a girl.

Without the boys, an all girls’ school offers unique opportunities. Girls are given a wealth of choices for self-exploration and development and they are surrounded by exemplary role models, both men and women,  committed to the education of girls.

Girls will have fewer distractions as the social expectations and stereotypes of a gender mix do not happen in a girls’ school. She can concentrate on being herself, finding out who she is, exploring new worlds and lines of thinking. She can think out of the box with relative impunity – and that is a good thing.

Seymour College is a focused educational and community environment. Our focus is girls and their needs and activities. There are opportunities throughout each year for interaction with boys via various programs and co-curricular activities.

Beyond their focus on academic achievement, our staff are highly experienced in the emotional and social development of girls. Our girls are taught by passionate teachers committed to the philosophy of how girls learn best, and the desire to bring that to the girls.

I see the greatest benefit of an all girls environment is that her career aspirations will not be limited or discouraged.

Girls are told, encouraged and made to believe that they can achieve anything. They can be entrepreneurs, mathematicians, scientists and possibly Chair of the Human Rights Commission. We do that here at Seymour College.

Most importantly we give girls strength, a sense of justice and an optimistic and positive attitude to tackle the world and what it offers.

We now live in the “can do” society where gender equality is permissible and we seek, in every way, to give girls the education to allow their academic, wellbeing and leadership strengths to flourish.

Kevin Tutt