That learning is fun and all their teachers have a great balance between being funny and challenging them to be better. The girls are encouraged to try and take risks, and they know that failure is a critical component of learning.
I am BHS alumna, so naturally BHS was at the top of my list! I did tour other schools, but I kept coming back to the feeling I got when I walked into BHS and did my school visit. After observing the students in action, I was left with a feeling of general happiness between the girls, and I loved seeing the encouragement from the teachers for freedom of expression and not being afraid to push the boundaries of learning. I also saw that the girls were not afraid to speak up and ask questions. In the class I observed, it seemed to come naturally to them. There was almost a tangible excitement for learning and working with their peers. I witnessed a fine balance of all of these attributes, which are very important, but it was also complimented with a strong educational structure. I was left with no doubt my daughter would get an excellent education while at BHS.
My daughter has severe eczema with flare-ups at times and would need cream put on with Band-Aids during the day to stop the itching. While in EYP, the teachers made up a song that the girls all learnt and they sang it during the process of getting her Band-Aids put on. Some held her hand while the cream was applied and others encouraged her not to scratch and others would show compassion. I love how BHS makes a conscious effort to educate the girls on differences that may be present with their peers and how to respond kindly. It made the world of difference to my daughter and to this day, she has not received any negativity from her classmates for her medical condition.
I also appreciate that BHS has a large number of working class families along with a balance of those who may have no financial worries. I would say at least half of the families in my daughter’s year, like myself, are full-time working parents and it allows each family to be able to relate to each other, no matter what position you are in.
My 5 year old cannot wait to get out the car in the mornings and head up to class and when I pick her up after school, she is so excited to get in the car and tell me “Mommy I had an amazing day!” I feel that speaks louder than words and I know she loves going to school.
I feel an all girls’ education makes the girls very confident in how they operate within the world. They witness female success daily at school. They do not worry about having to conform to any gender stereotypes. An all girls’ education teaches them there are no limitations of what success can look like for them. Now with all the possibilities the new Innovation Center brings to the table, the dreams that can be accomplished are limitless.
I was struck from the time my daughter was in EYP at 4 years of age, that BHS taught her how to be assertive in introducing herself to others. They practiced shaking hands and stating their names and how to handle themselves correctly in different situations. She was also taught to be an independent thinker and that having a different opinion from your classmate was ok and was to be respected. I was pleasantly surprised how my 4-year old would go into a restaurant and present her needs and wants to the waitress, without hesitation. We got many compliments upon hearing her age how impressed they were on how she presents herself. I always told them that’s thanks to BHS! Her confidence has grown more and more as she progresses through Primary and it is great to see as a Mom.
A BHS girl is confident, inquisitive, a big thinker and also kind and compassionate to their fellow man. A BHS girl has the skills to be successful in whatever arena she chooses, whether big or small. Whether her job puts her on the world stage or working behind the scenes, she will be forceful, intelligent and powerful in her own right and without a doubt, she will excel in her field of choice.
My daughters would say they love their friends and all the activities the most and I would say the community. The level of comraderie and support that the girls and myself get by being a part of the BHS family is invaluable.
I believe it teaches girls that all opportunities are open to them and that their voice is important. I also believe it fosters an attitude of "if she can do it, so can I" due to the increased exposure to peer role models.
Literally days before we signed up to another school, we decided that, with BHS next door to my office, we should at least take a tour. My husband and I arrived at the school when the halls were filled with girls. They smiled at us, they seemed happy to be there, their conversations were lively and, most impressive, they all appeared so very confident. We decided even before we had our tour that this was where we wanted our daughter to spend her formative years, such a very important period for children.
Our daughter loves learning, she loves her friends and especially loves her teachers. She has become more independent, expresses her thoughts well and is so excited to go to school every day. We love that she is so happy.
BHS has proved time and again to be a supportive, caring environment, able to manage both the concerns of individual parents and students, but also to be proactive in managing unprecedented situations such as the pandemic in a technologically advanced and mindful manner.
An all-girls’ education leads the way in expecting the girls to rise to the occasion - whether it be academic, performance, or sport, they understand what it means to feel respected and valued as an individual, irrespective of gender norms.
I love its commitment to anticipating the future for our girls. To be able to continually look ahead and strategise about the skills the girls will need for their futures and equip them to thrive as well-rounded individuals in a 21st Century world.
When I see a BHS girl, I see a confident young adult in the making - their shoulders are slightly further back, their spines are slightly straighter, they are more willing to take risks, to ask and answer questions, and to challenge cultural norms. They believe they can and will achieve their goals, and leave BHS with the confidence and skills in order to be able to do so.