Increased expectations around student academic achievement and the aspirations of girls have occurred along with a significant increase in complex mental health and wellbeing concerns for young women. The Danebank Approach to Learning is how we have responded to these challenges through a comprehensive strategic leadership response involving extensive community consultation and academic partnerships. Danebank…

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While much has been shared in the media – traditional and social – about the need to look after one’s mental health and wellbeing, schools have been at the coalface of supporting our children and dealing with the challenges of high levels of stress as many students struggle with distance learning.  Across the globe, schools…

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We need stretch and restoration to build strength As we near the end of term and begin to think about the next three weeks of non-term time, I encourage you and your daughters to find opportunities to rest and recover. This is because we know that to ensure our sense of wellbeing and resilience is…

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Recently I was approached by someone who shared that they saw one of our girls in Danebank uniform at Central Station, about to go up an escalator towards the train. The Danebank girl saw an elderly man coming towards the escalator and chose to step back to enable him go first. The person commented that she…

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For many of us, school has become so much more than a place of work or of teaching and learning. It has become an important part of who we are. We attend Chapel to praise our Lord and be quiet in his presence. We laugh out loud and share each other’s joy. We share each…

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The fact that Sydney is currently under temporary Covid restrictions, makes us so much more aware and thankful of the significant community events we were able to host on our campus this week. On Tuesday we presented our first Pre-K and Kinder Information evening since 2019, with more than 90 families attending. Our specialist Pre-K…

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It was a thrill to welcome students back to school on Tuesday morning at the gates. As the girls walked towards the entry, I saw smiles, heard happy chatter and witnessed some welcome hugs with friends. It was an uplifting experience for us all.  I sensed great anticipation and felt the positive energy. Similarly, when…

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As we come to the end of the very busy first term of 2021, we have so much to reflect on and be thankful for, starting with the celebration of Easter as we remember how Christ gave his life in love to reconcile us with our God and Creator. May I encourage you to take…

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There is always light, if only we’re brave enough to see it. If only we’re brave enough to be it. – Amanda Gorman Danebank Girls are Bravehearts This term I have been speaking with the girls (in year groups and also in assemblies) about raising one another up for success, and spurring one another on…

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This time last year, the world was caught in the initial stages of the Covid pandemic. The Australian Prime Minister was about two weeks away from closing the country’s borders. The NSW government announced the closure of a boys’ school due to a Covid case, and at Danebank we announced steps the school was taking…

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