Mov­ing with the times

Hills Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Lynn Gri­er­son

ONE of WA’s old­est boys’ schools opened the doors to girls on Mon­day in a move to re­flect the mod­ern work­place.

The his­toric day wound back more than a cen­tury of tra­di­tion at Guild­ford Gram­mar School.

Decades of boys-only ed­u­ca­tion ended on the first day of term in 2018 as 49 girls joined the se­nior school.

Among the 21 girls to start Year 11 were stu­dents from the all-girls school Perth Col­lege.

Guild­ford Gram­mar School prin­ci­pal Stephen Web­ber said the de­ci­sion “aligned to a world in which our stu­dents live”.

Se­nior en­rol­ments at the school are up by 60 stu­dents.

“The school has been co­ed­u­ca­tional in the prepara­tory school for over 40 years and a key rea­son for the change was to en­able all of our stu­dents to en­joy the ben­e­fit of our se­nior school pro­grams and to grad­u­ate from Guild­ford Gram­mar School,” he said.

The New Year wel­comed girls in years 7, 8 and 11 and by 2019 the school where stu­dents wear the em­blem ‘Go For­ward’ will be fully co-ed­u­ca­tional.

Mr Web­ber said gen­der was not a fac­tor, “just the best per­son for the job”, in the re­cruit­ment of two new roles to ac­com­mo­date the change.

The school has wel­comed a co-ed­u­ca­tion tran­si­tion co­or­di­na­tor and a di­rec­tor of girls sport.

Mr Web­ber said fe­male teach­ers rep­re­sented 42 per cent of teach­ing staff at the se­nior school.

“Ed­u­ca­tional re­search con­tin­ues to demon­strate that the ma­jor fac­tor in stu­dent achieve­ment and well-be­ing is ac­tu­ally the qual­ity of the per­son who is teach­ing and their abil­ity to build pos­i­tive re­la­tion­ships with stu­dents,” he said.

Guild­ford girls will have full ac­cess to the school’s cur­ricu­lum choices and par­tic­i­pate in a flex­i­ble sport­ing pro­gram.

As part of a stan­dard cur­ricu­lum re­view, the school has added the sub­jects of dance, Guild­ford gourmet, smart fab­ric tech­nol­ogy, and so­lar and wind power.

Pic­ture: Mar­tin Ken­nealey­mu­ni­ d478866

Year 11 stu­dents James Moore and So­phie Car­ring­ton.

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