Pymble Ladies College, St. Ignatius College students to attend an offsite camp

“There’s this idea that same-sex schools are an anachronism and their demise is imminent. But we refute that,” Bridge said.

Pupils Alyssa Yee and Sophie Waters at Pymble Ladies' College with Principal Kate Hadwen.

Pupils Alyssa Yee and Sophie Waters at Pymble Ladies’ College with Principal Kate Hadwen.Credit:Jessica Hromas

Martin said that one reason boys’ schools are under more pressure to become co-educational is that “things go wrong in boys’ schools, which are often visible, like behavior problems and the behavior of the students. Boys who do a joint education tend to be more prominent in the public debate,” he said.

Monash University professor Helen Forgasz said that while same-sex girls’ schools market themselves well to parents, co-education offers many social benefits.

“When bullying occurs in girls’ schools, it may not be discussed publicly … and boys’ schools make the headlines much more often.”

Late last year Labor promised families guaranteed access to a coeducational public high school if elected.

Hadwen believes the ongoing debate about single-sex schools is “too polarized… I think we can have a more nuanced view” compared to Coed.

“One of the things that’s really close to my heart is that we can have single-sex schools and lots of opportunities for girls to interact with boys,” she said.

“I firmly believe that parents know their children best – and make the best decisions for them.”

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