Pymble Ladies’ College

A Private Independent Day and Boarding School for Girls

Contact:

Clair Stock, Enrolments Manager (Years 7-12)

Phone:

(02) 9497 7839

Address:

Avon Road, Pymble NSW 2073

Email:

enrol@pymblelc.nsw.edu.au

Pymble Ladies’ College offers AIEF Scholarships for boarding students.

Pymble Ladies’ College – 2021 Report
Dr Kate Hadwen, Principal

2021 marked the 14th year of our Indigenous Scholarship Program (ISP), 11 of which have been in partnership with the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (AIEF). The program continues to thrive, supported by the Pymble Ladies’ College (Pymble) community which recognises and appreciates the inestimable value of Indigenous and non-Indigenous girls sharing an educational opportunity to leave the College as influential and compassionate young women who contribute meaningfully to their local and global communities.

Pymble’s new Strategic Direction for 2021-2030, ‘Watch Us Change the World’, focuses on building our students’ academic, emotional, social and digital intelligences. The social intelligence pillar in particular speaks directly of our ongoing commitment to embracing ‘Diversity as the path to unity’ by listening to and learning from people of all backgrounds, including our First Nations Australians. Strategic intents stemming from this pillar include sharing stories of culture and diversity and embedding Indigenous Australian perspectives into the curriculum and classroom practices to foster a richer, deeper understanding and respect for Australia’s history and culture and an enhanced experience for all students.

In 2021, there were 21 First Nations students on AIEF Scholarships at Pymble. Four Year 12 scholars completed their Higher School Certificate at the end of the year with the intention to study at tertiary level:

  • Paramedics
  • Nursing
  • Communications
  • Primary Education (following a Gap Year position in England).

Supporting our scholars through Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic and long period of online learning during our extended lockdown has been a challenge for all students this year. Pymble took steps to support our girls and their families in the following ways:

  • Providing dongles to assist with poor internet connections and cost
  • Returning ABSTUDY payments to families to assist with the cost of having their daughters at home
  • Sending wellbeing care packages to students
  • One student from QLD remained in Boarding for the duration of lockdown, with the exception of the Term 3 holidays
  • Checking-in regularly, via:
    • First Nations program staff
    • Boarding staff
    • Compass/tutor teachers
    • Culture mentors
  • Academic support

    • Academic programs were modified where necessary.
    • Regular online in-class support was provided by subject teachers and Learning Support staff.

Post-lockdown return to campus

  • 18 of our 21 First Nations students were back on campus by Monday 1 November.
  • 94 per cent of First Nations students back on campus are fully vaccinated.
  • Guardians or a guardian alternative has been arranged in the event of a Boarding House closure during Term 4.

New scholars in 2022

Three new First Nations scholars will be joining the College in 2022. The girls hail from Dubbo, Wee Waa and Walgett and will be joining Years 7 (two students) and 10.

All candidates went through an online interview process and will participate in a Student Induction (with Boarding) experience in the last week of Term 4.

Building our culture

The College has made significant advancements towards growing our social intelligence and cultural fluency in relation to First Nations people, perspective and history, including:

  • Appointing a First Nations person to the position of Indigenous Student Co-ordinator.
  • Appointing an AIEF Pymble graduate to assist in the Boarding Houses.
  • Ensuring our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) committee includes representatives across all areas of the College and continues to build cultural awareness, understanding and change across the whole school (K to 12) to support our First Nations girls and First Nations people in general.
  • Featuring Acknowledgement of Country prominently in all events and activities.
  • Featuring Acknowledgment of Country on each page of the College website.
  • Favouring the use of First Nations over Indigenous in our language, including a name change from ISP to First Nations Scholarship Program in 2021.
  • Providing Professional Learning (PL) in Cultural Understanding for all staff, academic and operational/administrative, including:
    • tailored PL for Boarding staff
    • all staff PL on staff day in Term 3
    • 16 students proudly shared their stories with the College community as a part of our ‘Knowing People, Knowing Pymble’ initiative.
  • Development of cultural symbols around the College, including:
    • banner on email
    • College scarf
    • mural on new café
    • sandstone carving at gate
    • First Nations Garden on campus.
    • Introduction of Aboriginal Studies to the Curriculum in Stage 5 (2021) and Stage 6 in 2022.

    In a year interrupted by an extended lockdown and a term-and-a-half of remote online learning, our First Nations scholars continued to make the most of every opportunity to try new learning experiences and to share their culture with our College community. We are proud of each girls’ individual progress as well as their growth as proud First Nations people who enhance the lives and knowledge of our College family and the Boarding community.

AIEF Scholarship Program Details
Taree, Bourke, Holloway’s Beach, Kowanyama, Boigu Island, Walgett, Nhulunbuy, Daly River, Narrabri, Nowra, Moree, Avoca Beach, Coonamble, Thursday Island, Noosaville, Dubbo, Darwin, Mount Low, Malak, Cherbourg, Mer Island, Shoalhaven Heads, Lake Condah, Coconut Grove, Brungle, Corrimal, Lightning Ridge

AIEF Student Class Year Breakdown at Pymble Ladies’ College 2021

In 2021, AIEF Scholarship Students at Pymble Ladies’ College were spread across Years 7 to 12.

 

 

Indigenous Secondary Students 2021

In 2021, the 22 Indigenous students enrolled at Pymble Ladies’ College were representative of 1.4% of the total population of 1530 students.

AIEF Scholarship Students 2021

 

In 2021, AIEF supported 21 students at Pymble Ladies’ College.

Retention and Year 12 Completion 2021

In 2021, the retention and Year 12 completion rate at Pymble Ladies’ College was 95%.

Note: Attrition rates do not imply underperformance as students may leave a school for a variety of reasons including changes in personal circumstances such as family relocation interstate, personal or family health issues, or moving to a school that is more suited to the needs of the student.

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