Melbourne Girls' College

23 March 2017
Issue Four
Important Dates
Principal's Report
 2017 Camps, Sport and Excursion Funding
International Student Program News
Year 7 News
Music News
Enviro News
Our Clubs
Melbourne Girls' College
9428 8955
Yarra Boulevard
Richmond, VIC, 3121

Important Dates


20th March: Progress Reports Available 

24th March: Athletics Sports Day (weather permitting)

28th March: Parent, Student, Teacher Conferences 12.30pm - 8.00pm

31st March: End of Term 1


18th April: Term 2 Begins

19th April: Year 10 Camp

27th April: Open Day


12th May: Dance Night

Principal's Report

Harmony Week Assembly the inclusive, diverse nature of our MGC students and families

Anyone who attended the annual Harmony Day assembly at Melbourne Girls’ College (MGC) on 22nd March would see the diversity and inclusion of a wide range of students in this magnificent school. Pictures tell a thousand words so please reflect upon the faces of our fantastic students as you browse through the website. They tell the true story.


Congratulations to our College Captains, Student Executive and students who lead, organised and performed throughout another excellent event.


Department of Education and Training (DET) Government Schools in Richmond and Prahran

MGC welcomes the building of two new high schools nearby. Under DET rules this means boundary changes to ensure that students are enrolled at their nearest government school. This document on our website outlines the Year 7 enrolment policy agreed with DET 


DET modelling indicates that even beyond 2020 all post code 3121 based girls will gain a place at the College as the MGC enrolment provision for 50% of the next closest girls shows this clear intent.

Congratulations Linley Ooi (Golf) and Tylah Spark (Netball), Victorian School Sports Awards

The Victorian School Sports Awards recognise excellence across all categories of major school sports. They are given to students who have excelled or made an outstanding contribution to school sport. Tylah Spark and Linley Ooi won Sporting Blue Awards for outstanding achievement in a sport conducted as part of the school sport program. It was wonderful to celebrate these achievements with Tylah and Linley’s parents.                                             


Linley went on to win the highest accolade, The Lindsay Gaze Outstanding Achievement Award, in any sport by a Primary or Secondary School Student. It was a very emotional celebration with Linley’s parents full of pride as the award is for community service and social justice as well as sporting progress.


Head of School Girls (HOSG) Rowing Regatta

It was a privilege to be at the HOSG regatta last weekend where over 2,500 athletes competed. Steph Burgess, our wonderful Head Coach, deserved the success of 13 A Finals securing 3 gold medals, 4 silver and 2 bronze, results also placed us in 7 B Finals and 5 C finals. MGC Rowing coming fourth overall amongst many schools. The camaraderie with parents, staff, coaches and most importantly our rowing girls on the banks ensured a real sense of MGC - Lead and Achieve!


We are proud of our rowers, no matter where they place, as hard work and determination are part of training and competing well. Sincere thanks to our dedicated Rowing Committee President, Shelley Anderson; always kind and patient Treasurer, Ian Ferguson; of course Steph and incredible staff Fliss Burgess, Sarah Lerpiniere, Emily Miller, Sefija Demirova, Isabella Kontogeorgis, Trevor Howlett, Liam Brown, Amber Munro, Nancy Sandilands, Pat Sklavakis, Bridget Tellefson and Andrew Arney (who has already booked the caravan park for next year). Many superlatives but the commitment of so many people is important to the present and future of rowing at MGC.

Launching our Performing Arts Centre Fundraising Appeal

During our 22-year history, Melbourne Girls’ College has continued to offer outstanding opportunities for our students. In the spirit of our desire to offer students the opportunity to ‘Lead and Achieve’, we are excited to announce our appeal for assistance in the building of a modern and professional Performing Arts Centre.

As our Dance, Music and Drama programs continue to grow and flourish, the Instrumental teaching studios and rehearsal spaces are no longer able to accommodate the multitude of activities students can participate in.


Our Theatrette is now too small for our growing enrolments, with the space unable to accommodate an entire year level of students for assemblies and guest speakers.

In short, our current facilities no longer allows us to provide the best practice learning and teaching in the Performing Arts that our students deserve.

We have already saved $800,000 towards this goal, and although we are seeking government funding there is no guarantee we will be successful or be granted sufficient funds for this much-needed building project.


In the past we’ve been able to build marvellous new facilities with the help of our incredible parent community, so we once again ask for your generous assistance.

If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to our fundraising appeal you can do so via or please contact me at any time if you would like more information.


Stay tuned for more news as we develop plans for this project.

Looking forward to seeing you all at the Student and Parent Conferences with our teachers next Tuesday.



Karen Money

 2017 Camps, Sport and Excursion Funding

(CSEF) Application are Open

Families holding a valid means-tested concession card or temporary foster parents are eligible to apply.

Each family receives $225 per year paid for eligible secondary school ​students. A special consideration eligibility category also exists.


Payments are made directly to the school and are tied to the student. 


Please note: If you applied in 2016 your application will carry over to 2017. You do not need to submit a new application unless your circumstances have changed.


Please submit applications to the Front Office or any questions please email [email protected]


Applications Close- June 23rd, 2017.


International Student Program News

International school students welcome reception at Government House

At the start of every school year, the Governor of Victoria welcomes over 300 new international students who have just started their journey with us. The ceremony is a great opportunity for international students from schools across Victoria to meet each other, and to visit Victoria's most prestigious residence Government House.  On the 15th March Luna Liang and Joanne Nguyen represented MGC after being invited to the event by the new Governor of Victoria, Her Excellency The Hon. Linda Dessau AC.  This is the first time that Victoria has had a female Governor. 


Government House was impressive and there were more than 300 students enjoying speeches by the Governor and Ms Judith Graley, MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Premier, as well as some fantastic food and open access to Government House itself.  Joanne was interviewed by the International Education Division to appear on one of their promotional films, which was quite exciting and a bit nerve wracking.


Harmony Day

Harmony Day was full of colour and cheer this year.  There were performances from all corners of the world and we finished off with a multicultural fashion parade.  Thanks to all who spent so much time rehearsing to perform for the assembly!


Teacher Profiles 

Catriona Cameron-Martin

你好! I am Catriona Cameron-Martin, maths teacher at MGC. I was born in Hong Kong. I attended a local school in Kowloon till the end of year 5 and immigrated to Melbourne with my family. As soon as we arrived, we loved it; we loved the atmosphere, the community, the many sporting activities and the warmth of the Australian people.


I had the opportunity to train at the Australian Ballet School and represent Victoria in Rhythmic Gymnastics. I was also a former MGC student! I have many fond memories: athletics and swimming carnivals, performing arts in year 9, all the camps, and the famous inaugural aerobics competition- when the whole school suddenly became very interested in high kicks and push-ups.


Education is very different in Hong Kong than Melbourne, and I had a chance to experience the reverse when I did an internship at an International School in HK (Yew Chung International School). It was interesting to see how they were trying to incorporate the Western society within their curriculum in HK, as most students end up attending Universities abroad. The school prepares them to be able to integrate and succeed overseas.


I am now the Assistant Head Coach of the Victorian Rhythmic Gymnastics Team. Though I did not succeed in ballet, my sisters have and thus ballet is still a major part of my life. I thank Melbourne for all these fantastic opportunities that I would not have had the privilege of being a part of in HK.

Wen Chin

I am originally from Malaysia and I moved to Melbourne to complete Year 11 and 12, and I can fully sympathise with the challenges and cultural differences they face. I decided that the way to make full use of this wonderful education opportunity I was given was to fully immerse myself in the co-curricular activities provided at my school, and so I joined many music ensembles which really opened up my eyes to different ways of thinking and different career pathways. As I went to a private boarding school, we were lucky to have fantastic resources and support for the international students, and were encouraged to always get involved in whole school activities. 

Jennifer (Jen) Hausmann

Jen has been working at MGC teaching French since 2016.  She came to MGC from Germany two years ago, but MGC is the first Australian school in which she has taught.  She’d never even set foot in an Australian school before she arrived here.  She taught German at an adult education center before starting here.


English is not her first language, she went to school and uni in Germany and Canada.  School in Germany is quite different from Australia, as you can expect.  You will not be given the choice of studying Jewellery Design or Outdoor Education, you can only study traditional academic subjects like maths or ethics, and additional languages are core subjects from year 5 until year 12. In Germany, you are enrolled in one of three different schooling streams, according to your year 4 school results, and that determines if you are allowed to go to university or not.  Can you imagine?  At ten years old, you have your whole life traced out before you?


Her first taste of studying in an additional language was when she went on exchange to Montreal in Canada, where she studied linguistics.  She felt at home from day one; her first day at university was the occasion to meet a thousand new friends and she’s still in contact with some of them now.  In contrast, her arrival in Australia was much less smooth.  Making friends was a real challenge without school or university, or work, she struggled to settle in.  Without people to share her experiences with she felt isolated but once she started work everything fell into place. 


Jen feels that living in a different country is a challenging experience, and it takes time to get used to; so don’t give up.  Moving to live in another country is so much easier when you are younger and you can participate in all the school activities that help you make friends.  Your friends become your new family in a way, and teach you much more than any classroom can.  Jen strongly encourages anyone thinking of studying abroad to take the plunge. It’s good to get out of your comfort zone and to get a new perspective on what you think you know about the world.  You don’t have to stay forever, but you will come back a bigger, better, stronger version of yourself (and you will have friends’ couches to crash on, all over the world)  And that’s worth it!


Call for Story-Tellers

We are all part of the Melbourne Girls’ College community, so we would like to hear the stories of some of the people that make up our diverse and colourful community.


We’d like you to share your story; where did you come from, where have you been?  If you have a family member, particularly a grandparent or older relative, who is a particularly good story teller, we’d like to invite them to tell us a story at school.  Please let us know!

League of Home-stay champions 

If you are interested in hosting one of our fabulous international students, please contact Lluani Williams via the College number: 9428-8955, or by email: [email protected] , or you can pop by my office in room 302.  We are always looking for new Melbourne Girls’ College homestay families.

Year 7 News

Caring About Our Digital Footprint  

On the eighth of March, the Year Sevens participated in an  digital workshop, run by Don from Optus. The aim of the workshop was to teach us that our information is valuable. It focused on three main components:

  • The strength of your password
  • Terms of service
  • Online business models

We had a chance to test out our passcodes, and see the estimated time it would take for a computer to crack it. The times ranged from 1.69 nanoseconds to 52 billion years!


We learnt that apps and websites, like YouTube and Facebook sell your information. What is shocking is that we give them full permission to, by ticking ‘yes’ in the terms and conditions. Companies purposely make the terms and conditions long and confusing, so that (unless you’re a lawyer) you can’t be bothered to read them. But don’t feel bad about not reading the T and Cs, not many people do. This website ‘’ helps to make thing simpler by explaining the Ts and Cs in easier words.


The workshop went for only  60 minutes but time flew and many students didn’t want it to end.

Over all we had an awesome experience and learnt a lot about being safe online and caring about our digital footprint.


By Jade Johnson 7R1


Music News

2017 House Production Theme: “It’s not the end of the world…or is it?”

The House Production is run by our student Arts’ Captains, for all students. Students create their own 20 minute performance from scratch, based on the given theme. It is a bi-annual production which alternates with our Musical Production.


Rehearsals will be Tuesdays’ after school from 2.30pm-3.30pm, beginning in Term 2. There will also be some rehearsals Thursday after school closer to the evening performances in Term 3.


There will be three evening performances on Wednesday 9th, Thursday 10th and Friday 11th of August at 7.30pm in our auditorium.


If you missed Tuesday’s information meeting about this year’s House then there are spare expression of interest forms outside the music room.




Upcoming Events

Music Camp

When: Term 2, Friday 28th April- Sunday 30th April.

Where: Urban Camp, Parkville.


Our choir, band and string students will be attending their annual music camp from Friday afternoon to Sunday morning where all their hard work rehearsing will culminate in a concert for parents and friends at 11am. Highlights include a movie night, dinner at a Lygon street restaurant and a Red Faces competition performance evening.


Staff attending will be Ellyce Calder, Wen Chin, Tony Hicks and Anne Corry.



Anne Corry and Arts Captains.

Enviro News

Pumped Hydro: Prime Minister Turnbull’s solution to Energy grid security is “so 2016 technology for Melbourne Girls’ College”

On the 7th of July 1949, the Australian Parliament passed the Snowy Mountains Hydro Electric Power Act. Twenty-five years later, one of the modern civil engineering wonders of the world was completed and to this day, the electricity generated from falling water running through turbines is harnessed and distributed across the National Electricity Market.

On March 16th, Prime Minister Turnbull detailed a plan entitled “Snowy Mountains scheme 2.0” to update the Snowy hydro scheme to include “pumped hydro”. As it stands, most of the water that is run through the 50 year-old turbines runs down the rivers and out to sea. Prime Minister Turnbull’s new proposal is to use the “spare electricity” floating around the grid at times of low energy demand to pump water back up the hill so to speak to store potential energy for release at times when electricity is more in demand. With the closure of coal fired power plants for environmental and/or financial reasons occurring more and more frequently, the question of where Australia will be getting a reliable load of electricity from is becoming a massive issue for state and federal governments alike.

The idea of pumped hydro is certainly not new and in 2015, MGC became the first Australian school to with the ZAYED FUTURE ENERGY PRIZE with a vision to include a micro pumped hydro scheme in the centre stairwell of the main building. Hydro Power systems are a way of taking advantage of the potential energy stored in an object (in this case water) that has been raised to a certain height (in our case 12m above the ground). When the operator of our turbine chooses, they may open up the valve, release the water and let gravity draw the water through the turbine, inducing an electric current, which is then transferred to our own micro grid at school. Our micro grid has been in operation since early 2016 and has been charging staff and student USB powered devices, running a small LED display, powering lights and backing up our portable battery systems for the pedal powered cinema.



Message from the Captain of the Boats

Hi everyone

As we are sure many of you have heard, the rowers just returned from the 4 day Head of Schoolgirls' Regatta at the Barwon River in Geelong. It's been a season of hard work and preparation, starting back in July last year with plenty of 5am wake-ups and regional road-trips throughout the season to get us ready for the weekend.


We left for Geelong on Thursday to compete in the School Sports Victoria regatta, where we won Most Points Scored, Best Girls' School and Overall School Champion after a day of great racing from all squads. 


The Head of Schoolgirls' Regatta started on Friday, where after 92 races between the 30 MGC crews, we ended up placing 4th overall. The results were fantastic, 13 crews made A finals and we won 3 golds, 4 silvers and 2 bronzes.


The success at Head of Schoolgirls' wouldn't be possible without the support of the school, our coaches and our parents. We'd like to thank our head coach- Steph Burgess as well as Ms Fliss Burgess, Ms Kontogeorgis, Mr Brown, Ms Munro, Ms Sandilands, Ms Sklavakis, Ms Tellefson, Ms Demirova Mr Howlett, Ms Lerpiniere, Ms Miller, Mr Arney and Ms Money for their assistance over the season and the weekend.


​We are so proud of all of the students who competed over the weekend and represented the club throughout the season and are excited to see what Nationals has in store for 10 students attending. 


Alice, Meshi and Isobel (2017 Rowing Captains)


Our Clubs

MGC Homework Club

Come one, come all!

Students are invited to join the MGC Homework Club.

When: 3:30-4:30 Mondays and Thursday, beginning Monday the 13th of February.

Where: Room 112

Homework Club will be a quiet place to complete homework at MGC. An English/Humanities teacher will always be present, and we are working towards having other volunteer tutors to provide assistance with homework.


Homework Club is also a fantastic place to do group work, use computers and print, or even get homework done before heading home.


Hope to see you there!

Melbourne Girls' College
2017 csefapplicationform.pdf
2017 csefapplicationform.pdf
Music Camp Letter to Parents 2017.pdf
Medical_information 2017.pdf
Music Camp Letter to Parents 2017.pdf
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