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Creative Girls Creative Women

21 May 2014

Creative Girls Creative Women

Wellington is set to host a high-level delegation of education leaders from Australasian girls’ schools this coming week to attend a biennial education conference aimed at better understanding creativity.

The Hon Jo Goodhew, Minister of Women’s Affairs will officially open the Biennial Conference of the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia in the Grand Hall, Parliament Buildings, on Sunday 25 May. Dame Jenny Shipley, a patron of the Alliance, will give the opening keynote address.

The conference will bring together over 130 education leaders and experts. With state, Catholic and independent schools represented this is the biggest regional gathering of educators of girls.

Titled Creative Girls Creative Women the conference will offer educators the opportunity to hear from outstanding presenters on the topic of creativity.
Wellington educators have a lot to be proud of when it comes to producing creative young females, including guest speaker US-based kiwi and Victoria University graduate Claudia Batten.

Through presentations, interactive discussions and debates delegates will explore creativity in business, the arts, STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and in practical applications.

Roz Mexted, Alliance Vice-President and Principal of Westlake Girls High School says the conference will go beyond what is happening in the classroom in terms of creativity “It will examine the shape, shifts and changes in the educational landscape, how we think about creativity and how we teach it.”

Speakers at the conference include:
Claudia Batten, US-based serial digital media entrepreneur and Josh Bailey, one of Google’s Infrastructure Ninja’s and self-professed radical thinker. Claudia and Josh are joining forces to share their insights on supporting creativity in schools.

Their dynamic talk - What is creativity? - will provide insights on what creativity means, why it is so highly valued, and how we can support creativity in schools.

Sue Lindsay, award winning business leader and a pioneer among female leaders.

Sue will speak on The Success Agenda – Lessons learned from doing life, leadership and business from the feminine perspective.

The conference to be held at the InterContinental Wellington begins on Sunday 25 May and continues through to Tuesday 27 May. Full details at

About the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia:
The Alliance is a not for profit organisation which advocates for and supports the distinctive work of girls’ schools in their provision of unparalleled opportunities for girls. It represents all school sectors – independent, Catholic and state, and has over 140 members throughout Australasia.


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