It is lovely to be back at MGSC after being away overseas with the International Education Division Victoria for two weeks. I can say that the difference in temperature was something that was difficult to adjust to – 30 degrees down to 11 degrees on my arrival at Melbourne Airport was quite a shock! I would like to thank Bronwyn Moline for Acting as Principal during my absence as well as continuing to carry out her Assistant Principal role.
Doanvy Roberts and I travelled with ten other government schools to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam and then moved on to Bangkok in Thailand for the last four days. We departed Melbourne in the second week of the holidays (11 July) and returned two weeks later. We represented not only our individual schools, marketing educational opportunities for international students, but also all Victorian Government Schools.
MGSC is truly a global community. Our students come from a range of cultural backgrounds with the students or parents originating from various geographic locations which makes us a microcosm of society. By opening our doors to international students as well as local students we increase and build on the cultural diversity of our school community and add depth and balance to our college.
In my absence there were a range of evening and daytime events to inform parents of subject selections for the following year. My thanks go to Deb Jarvis and her team for running sessions for Year 9 and 10 subject selection and to Sylvia Christopoulos and team for running their VCE Information session. I encourage families to be involved in the discussing the subject choices for next year.
The State Library's fellowships program is one of the most substantial in Australia. Each year, the Library offers Creative Fellowships to encourage the original and imaginative use or development of the Library's collections for new work.
This year Deb McKay, our Humanities Domain Leader, has been awarded the State Library of Victoria Centenary of WWI Fellowship. This category covers works exploring a subject related to Victorians at home and abroad during WWI and its aftermath. Deb will be provided with an office and resources from the State Library in order to complete her research into this area. We congratulate her and wish her well.
I include some photos from my travels so that you are able to have a glimpse into my time away.