Go Girls

What is Go Girls?

The Calgary Girls’ School offers a unique Go Girls Locally Developed Course. Please see detailed information below:

Our current Go Girls program was developed by CGS teachers in 2008. This curriculum is unique to our school and is interwoven into our everyday teaching and learning. There are six essential program foundations, which are explored through multiple lenses in each grade. 

These program foundations include: 

  • Engaging in critical thinking
  • Taking up multiple perspectives
  • Exploring controversial issues
  • Engaging in activism
  • Creating a personal belief inventory
  • Cultivating a sense of hope and resiliency

If you would like to see a detailed breakdown of the Go Girls curriculum and how it is implemented for each grade, click here.

Student work 

Grade 4

Learners in 4A have been investigating assumptions and the effect that making assumptions has on oneself and the community. They worked in pairs to brainstorm all the assumptions that could be made about a particular situation. These included assumptions that could be made about things that happen in the classroom, in peer relationships and on the playground. They came to understand that making assumptions negatively influences the community because people draw conclusions without all of the facts. This results in hurt feelings, feelings of distrust and gossip. As a class, we developed strategies for what to do when you think you may make an assumption.

When we are about to assume:

  • Leave it for a moment. PAUSE.
  • Think about it! What are the facts?
  • Ask yourself: Does this feel right?
  • Think: Could this have been an accident or a misunderstanding?
  • Think about the good possibilities first.
  • Communicate! Ask questions and seek to understand what is really happening.
  • Check in with your teacher if you think you need help.

Grade 8

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In grade 8, we have been analyzing beauty norms in our study of self-image. Students were asked to describe their own standard of beauty by creating a multimedia representation. Many girls created pieces of art while others created an iMovie or slideshow. We have explored the following as part of this inquiry:

  • critically analyzing and deconstructing a variety of media and cultural messages
  • critically analyzing norms and values associated with the cultural construction of beauty, along with understanding the limitations this creates for women and girls
  • demonstrating an understanding of the value of positive body image

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Supporting your Daughter

Simmons, R. [Girls Leadership]. (2015, March 19). My daughter’s friend is toxic. [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fD5yAUA_bU

Simmons, R. [Girls Leadership]. (2015, March 4). Raising confident girls: what about dads?. [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjWa6vXtSFE

Simmons, R. [Girls Leadership]. (2015, December 14). Just kidding: when humor hurts. [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npSObf9Tko0


Reading Recommendations

The Curse of the Good Girl, By Rachel Simmons

Hidden Meanness: Why Girls Do it, And How to Stop the Hurt, By: Marta Lyons (Discovery Girls Magazine, Apr/May 2014)

Women of NASA: Read about the accomplishments of some of NASA’s women engineers, scientists, educators, interns and others.

The Representation Project: The Representation Project is a movement that exposes injustices created by gender stereotypes.

The Confidence Gap, By: Katty Kay and Claire Shipman, The Atlantic (April 2014)

Girls Have Actually Always Done Better Than Boys At School, But Why? By: Erin Andersson, The Globe and Mail (April 2014)

Cyber Mentor: CyberMentor – Inspiring girls in Science and Engineering.  FREE to join for girls in grades 6-12 across Alberta.

Because I Am A Girl, The Because I am a Girl movement is dedicated to empowering women and girls worldwide by promoting gender equality and girls rights.

TEDxWomen — Rachel Simmons, Watch this Ted Talk on girls’ relationships and resiliency with Rachel Simmons, author of The Curse of the Good Girl and co-founder of the Girls Leadership Institute.

Why Can’t Women Take a Compliment? By: Meredith Lepore (Levo League, March 2014)

Compassion • Integrity • Collaboration • Courage • Curiosity • Democracy • Diversity