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Kingswood College: Learning as we live

By harnessing the power of coeducation, Kingswood College empowers students to become confident, compassionate, and resilient individuals who are well-equipped to navigate the complexities of the modern world.

As a school, we are constantly seeking ways to provide the best possible learning environment for our students. We passionately believe that coeducation is the best learning environment for all young people, to live and grow together. Coeducation offers a wealth of benefits that enrich the educational experience and prepare students for success in a diverse world.

As we describe it at Kingswood College, coeducation is all about learning as we live.

Every student has the opportunity to participate actively and contribute meaningfully. Image: Kingswood College

We believe that every voice matters, and our commitment to fostering an environment where students feel empowered to express themselves is unwavering. Research consistently underscores the pivotal role that student voice plays in shaping a vibrant educational landscape. When students feel heard and valued, they are more engaged, motivated, and invested in their learning journey. Moreover, embracing student perspectives in a coeducational environment cultivates a culture of inclusivity and empathy, where diverse viewpoints are celebrated and respected.

From a coeducational environment comes an opportunity to amplify all student voices. From our Junior School to our Year 12 College Leadership groups, every student has the opportunity to participate actively and contribute meaningfully.

Our Student Leadership groups meet regularly, providing a platform for collaboration, innovation, and leadership development. Gender-balanced and filled with passionate students, our Year 12 College Leadership group meets weekly with the Principal, Head of Senior School, and Year 12 Coordinator, fostering dialogue, mentorship, and advocacy. Our shared lunches each term, where these combined groups gather, offer a casual yet invaluable setting for open discussions and relationship-building.

Coeducation nurtures essential life skills. Image: Kingswood College

Assemblies are another cornerstone of our commitment to student voice within the coeducational sphere. Students frequently take the reins, sharing stories, opinions, and talents with their peers. Our community service groups, including InterACT, exemplify our ethos of service and compassion, driven by student-led initiatives and passions. Our lunchtime and after-school co-curricular activities and clubs serve as fantastic avenues for Kingswood College students to delve into diverse differences and forge surprising connections. From eSports to physical sports, conversation clubs and fan clubs, there is something for every single student at Kingswood College.

Last year’s refreshing of the Kingswood College vision and values serves as a poignant example of our dedication to incorporating student feedback into our collective vision of what coeducation looks like. By actively consulting student groups and integrating their perspectives, we ensured that our values could resonate authentically with our entire community.

It’s essential to acknowledge that embracing student voice doesn’t always mean alignment with every request. However, it’s a vital skill that prepares students for active citizenship, critical thinking, and responsible leadership—qualities that extend far beyond the classroom. As we continue to nurture and cherish student voices at Kingswood College, we continue to reaffirm our commitment to creating a community where every voice is heard, valued, and empowered to make a difference.

Kingswood College is committed to creating a community where every voice is heard, valued, and empowered to make a difference. Image: Kingswood College

Research conducted by renowned educationalist John Hattie underscores the positive impact of coeducation on student learning outcomes. Hattie’s extensive meta-analyses have consistently shown that coeducational settings promote academic achievement, improved social skills, and enhanced self-confidence among students. By learning alongside peers, students are exposed to a wider range of perspectives, ideas, and approaches to problem-solving, fostering a more dynamic and inclusive learning environment.

Coeducation nurtures essential life skills such as effective communication, collaboration, and empathy, which are critical for success in today’s interconnected world. By interacting with individuals from diverse backgrounds and experiences, students develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of gender equality and mutual respect.

At Kingswood College, we wholeheartedly embrace the principles of coeducation and strive to create a nurturing and inclusive environment where all students can thrive. By harnessing the power of coeducation, we empower our students to become confident, compassionate, and resilient individuals who are well-equipped to navigate the complexities of the modern world. 

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