All Girls’ Advantage
At Mount Carmel College we provide a girls-only environment from Grade 3 to Year 10, after which time our students are guaranteed a place at Guilford Young College for Years 11 and 12.
Girls’ schools create a culture of achievement where individuality, creativity and diversity are fostered and celebrated.
Girls find it easier to achieve academically and are more confident learners in a single-sex environment. There are fewer opportunities for stereotyping of subjects and less barriers to girls pursuing their interests, whether they are in sport, academia or other co-curricular areas.
Our belief that girls greatly benefit from single-sex education is backed up by research from around Australia and the rest of the world. Mount Carmel College is proud to be a member of the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia which has recently produced a video about why girls love girls’ schools. Let’s hear it from the girls talks to girls from Alliance member schools and asks them why they love going to a girls’ school.
Mount Carmel College has a long tradition of breaking gender stereotypes, twice winning the Science & Engineering Challenge for Tasmania with an all-girls team in 2013 and 2014.
In 2013, our Grade 5 students were winners in the Australian ‘National History Challenge’, with a museum exhibit focussed on “Australian Women of Firsts”.
In a girls-only school environment, a girl occupies every role: every part in the play, every student leadership role, every position on every team. Not only does she have a wealth of avenues for self-exploration and development, she has a wealth of peer role models.
At Mount Carmel, these leadership opportunities start in primary school – with Primary Leaders, House Captain, Mini Vinnies (St Vincent de Paul Society) and Restorative Leader roles.
There are also opportunities for girls to develop their confidence through a range of supported activities; from music competitions and debating, to inter-school challenges such as Tournament of the Minds.
Year 7s are paired with Year 10s (by Houses and by Home Room colours) to help them settle into secondary school.
They meet monthly and enjoy a range of activities from BBQ lunches and Easter Eggs hunts to netball games.
This helps all the girls feel more connected and it also provides additional opportunities for Year 10s to demonstrate leadership and share their experiences to assist their ‘little sisters’.