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Destiny decides How birth order affects learning


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classrooms, so perhaps school is one place from where the bad rap emanates? When it comes to school, though, the trouble with boys is in fact the trouble with us, the adults in their lives. That’s what Melbourne education consultant Zita Pinda says – when you read between the lines of her sage encouragement and advice on boys education – in our story on

The trouble with boys 10 Boys’ learning is different from girls’

How we learn 20 From cradle to grave, our learning differs Education-year calendar


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how boys and girls learn differently. Who was it that said, ‘‘The only way out is within’’? Simple things such as decluttering the classroom and allowing boys to work sitting sideby-side rather than face-tofacecan make a real difference to boys’ school engagement and, therefore, their behaviour. Girls also have particular learning needs and they, too, are explored in the same article by Melbourne journalist and former teacher Shaunagh O’Connor. But gender is, of course, not the only variable in how we prefer to learn. Our age also has influence! How we learn across our lifetime is the subject of another of the articles in this edition of Leader’s DUX magazine. We hope you find all the stories informative and relevant. Enjoy! P.S. Find more information about each of the stories on our website. Kristin Owen

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Thursday 14 February 2008


We strive to educate the whole person, encouraging women who can contribute to, and shape society. The teenage years are a time of discovery, possibility and rich potential. At Catholic Ladies’ College, we are committed to a dynamic and engaging program, which is designed to transform student learning and educational experiences.

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Our all-girls learning environment provides a breadth and depth of options and opportunities for each student; the beauty of the natural bush setting complements and enhances our learning and teaching program. In educating young women for their places in the modern world, we recognise the strength of our College story and draw on its rich tradition, its inherent values and beliefs.


LAYGROUND gossip rarely fixes on girl trouble.Despite the fact that girls can have issues pretty much peculiar to their gender, boys are the ones more likely to be labelled as ‘‘problems’’ by parents. Why does trouble seem to follow boys around like the stink of dirty socks? When did boys gain troublemagnet status? I believe this phenomenon is rather more akin to a perception. A false one. An idea perpetuated by adults with limited perspective; adults who don’t understand boys. As a mother of a boy (and a girl), I concede yes, generally speaking, boys are louder and more active than girls. Probably more likely to get dirty, too. Maybe. But boys are inherently good and loving just as girls are. Sadly, it often seems to me this idea has been lost. It is undeniable however that boys are over-represented as behavioural challenges in


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