We enable Pymble students and staff to learn about, participate in and conduct research by building opportunities and skills in the world of research. Our focus is on research which positively impacts the lives of girls and women.

We welcome connections with academics, universities and other research institutions.

The Pymble Institute drives our thinking forward with a commitment to research, innovation and professional learning

Pymble‘s research activities include:

  • an ethics committee with student, staff and external expert membership
  • annual student research journal, Perspective
  • bi-annual research and innovation journal, Illuminate
  • annual research conference for Pymble staff, teachers from other schools and academics to explore educational research
  • student research conference – run by and for students
  • research training for students and staff
  • co-designed research projects with academic partners

Read more about the Pymble Institute and the ways our projects connect and grow our students, staff and community in this brochure.


Student Research Conference 2024

Pymble’s Student Research Conference will be held on the afternoon of Monday 20 May with two keynote speakers and fifteen student presenters. The conference theme is ‘Research for Good’.

Dr Sureka Goringe (National Director of Uniting World) and Associate Professor Nina Burridge (Honorary Associate Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Technology, Sydney) will be this year’s keynote speakers.

Pymble students from Year 7 to 12 are looking forward to sharing their research projects in a series of short sessions.

Please click here for more information and to register, and click here to view the conference program.

Date: Monday 20 May 2024

Time: 4.00pm to 6.00pm

Venue: Pymble Ladies’ College Science Building

RSVP: By Wednesday 15 May 2024


Vision Valley Residential Program Pilot Initiative

This research project was undertaken by the Centre for Educational Research, School of Education at Western Sydney University (WSU) on behalf of Pymble Ladies’ College. The study commenced during 2022 and investigated the impact of the recently implemented Vision Valley Outdoor Education program upon student learning beyond the traditional classroom setting.


Pymble Institute Newsletter

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This journal shines the light on Pymble teachers as designers and innovators of education, and the creative, connected and engaged practice in our community of learners. The articles will take readers into classrooms from Kindergarten in the Preparatory School to Year 12 in the Senior School, from Drama to Science to the Library. We invite you to enjoy this insight into the depth and diversity of innovation in our learning environments and our commitment to sustainable capacity building.

Perspective Student Research Journal

This annual journal reflects Pymble’s commitment to value and highlight student voice, and includes a range of dynamic student articles and essays that explore many fields of scholarly endeavour. Please contact the Pymble Institute for more information.



Discussion with Dr Debra Dank

The Education Journal Club (EJC) is hosting an evening with the Pymble Institute Research Fellow, Dr Debra Dank. Join us for a discussion with Debra about her Stella Prize-shortlisted book, We Come With This Place, to learn more about researching with First Nations people, especially in the field of education. Debra is a Gudanji/Wakaja woman, with her homeland being the Barkly Tablelands in the Northern Territory. She has dedicated her life to education through primary, secondary and tertiary classrooms, as well as consultancy and leadership roles. Debra achieved her PhD in semiotics and narrative therapy from Deakin University where she explored her interests in how narrative is practiced in Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities in Australia. Join colleagues from a range of schools and universities at the EJC meeting at Pymble Ladies’ College, situated on sacred Durramurragal Land, on Tuesday 31 October at 5.00pm. 

Research Conversations

The Research Conversations afternoon in August 2023 was a friendly get-together for those interested in educational research. Four Pymble staff presented their research to an audience of colleagues, parents and staff from other schools. Kate Giles, Lead Co-ordinator K-3 spoke about the International Coalition of Girls’ Schools Global Action Research Collaboration, of which she is a Fellow; Victoria Adamovich, Research Assistant and Junior School EAL/D Teacher spoke about her Master of Research (UTS) project in LBOTE student wellbeing; Thomasina Buchner, K-6 Classroom Teacher shared her Honours project which brought together mathematics and dance; and Mariel Lombard, Head of Year 9 reflected on her PhD journey thus far as she explores teacher wellbeing amongst those supporting students. The afternoon was inspiring and thought provoking and showed howPymble staff are bringing research, teaching, learning and leading together in their everyday practice.

Student Research Conference 2023

Pymble’s second Student Research Conference was held in May with two keynote speakers and fourteen student presenters. The conference theme, Mindsets in Research, was designed by student convenor, Lucy Clark (Year 12). It invited participants to consider ways to cultivate the type of mindset needed for research and how to build skills to support it. We saw many examples of curiosity, clear thinking and problem solving across the conference. In addition to the speakers, we were honoured to share the afternoon with an enthusiastic and supportive audience of students, parents and teachers.

Student Research Conference 2022

Our Pymble Institute proudly hosted its Inaugural Pymble Student Research Conference: ‘Researching students? Students as researchers and students being researched.’

This student-designed and student-led conference brought together students from several schools to learn about research from those immersed in their fields, with the aim of encouraging students to participate in research.

This event showcased research through a student lens, bringing together Years 5 to 12 students, teachers, Education undergraduates, parents, professors and school leaders; all enthused to learn more about research.

Pymble Research Conference 2022 – Conversations about research

The Pymble Institute hosted its third annual Research Conference, ‘Conversations about Research’, where Pymble staff delivered presentations on research based in their teaching practice, their PhD and Masters projects in progress, and research investigations from a new professional learning opportunity, the Bright Field mentoring program.

Keynote Speaker and College Board member, Dr Kate Highfield opened the event with a discussion on the relevance of early childhood education in the broader edusphere. Dr Highfield emphasised how the first 2,000 days (or first five years) of a child’s life is the “golden zone of possibility” when synaptic pathways are established as a base for future learning and outcomes in education, health and wellbeing.

Thank you to Dr Highfield and our Pymble staff who presented at the conference. The research and ideas shared on the day are through lines for teaching and learning across K-12 at Pymble as well as influential in the development of our own Early Learning Centre.

Educational Journal Club

Join us for the Education Journal Club (EJC) in 2023.

This is a friendly group of teachers and university researchers who enjoy catching up to share and discuss journal articles about education. We meet a few times each term, in a mixture of online and face to face modes. Members select an education-related journal and read an article from their chosen publication which they speak to at the meeting.

The EJC is an ideal way to connect with like-minded educators – those looking to continually expand and deepen their knowledge and experience. The group gives support to those undertaking Masters and PhDs in Education through encouraging and collegial discussion, and it provides an authentic avenue for university academics to connect with K-12 teachers.

Contact Sarah or Victoria for more information via pymbleinstitute@pymblelc.nsw.edu.au

Visit the Pymble Institute

Come and visit the Pymble Institute, meet the team and see our work in action. We welcome visits from local, interstate and international educators. Contact us at pymbleinstitute@pymblelc.nsw.edu.au to arrange a tour of our centre and to enjoy seeing beautiful Pymble Ladies’ College during a school day.

Find out more

For further information about research opportunities or partnerships supporting innovation,  contact:

Dr Sarah Loch
Director – Pymble Institute


Mrs Victoria Adamovich
Research Assistant – Pymble Institute


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