This morning, Lowther Hall was represented by members of the Year 12 Business Management class at a breakfast hosted by the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia to celebrate International Women’s Day. The girls travelled to Queen’s Hall at the Victorian Parliament House and had the opportunity to hear from guest speaker, Dr Angelia Grant, Head of the Macroeconomic Conditions Division in the Australian Treasury.

The Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia is a leading voice for the education and empowerment of girls and young women. They advocate for and support the distinctive work of girls’ schools in their provision of opportunities for girls and as an organisation, they contribute to the development and promotion of education in Australasia and work for the empowerment of young women to reach their potential and become influential contributors to our complex and changing world. The Alliance connects educators from 180 plus member schools across Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Africa, and includes Government, Catholic and Independent schools. They represent over 132,000 girls, over 17,000 educators and attract over 3000 program participants annually to local events, and regional conferences each year. 

As a member of the Alliance, Lowther Hall students and staff have access to an important network of individuals whose core business is the education of young women. Our Prefect Body undertakes a leadership conference at the start of each year through this organisation, that connects them with other leaders of girls’ schools from around the globe. In June, members of our leadership team will combine with colleagues from interstate and overseas to attend the 2023 Asia Pacific Summit on Girls’ Education, hosted by the Alliance of Girls’ Schools. This summit, the only event of its kind in the region, is specifically for educators, researchers, academics and authors to connect, collaborate and hear from internationally renowned experts on the latest issues and research pertaining to the education of girls. 

Being part of networks such as the Alliance, is of profound benefit for our school. It helps us to ensure that we are delivering best practice, research informed programs for our girls and assists our staff to stay abreast of contemporary developments and thinking in the girls’ education space. I look forward to sharing our learning from attendance at various Alliance events as the year unfolds. 

Ms Elisabeth Rhodes