Melbourne Girls' College

24 August 2017
Issue Thirteen
Important Dates
Principal's Report 
Performing Arts News 
Aerobics News
Confucius Classroom News
French Film Excursion
2018 France Study Tour
International Student Public Speaking Competition
The Parents' Association
Earn and Learn
Science Week
Student News
Melbourne Girls' College
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Important Dates


1st September: P.A. Father's Day Breakfast

7th September: Year 7 and 10 Immunisations

19th September: Parent, Student Teacher Conferences 12.30-8pm

22nd September: Term 3 Ends

Principal's Report 

Paradigm Shifters - Entrepreneurial Learning at Melbourne Girls' College with Professor Yong Zhao

“The skills that students need to contribute effectively to society are changing constantly, but our education systems are not keeping up.”  – Andreas Schleicher, Director for Education and Skills at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.


On Tuesday 15th August two entrepreneurial Year 9 students, Lucy Vogel and Ophelia Murray, hosted a professional learning seminar at the Bastow Institute for School Leadership in North Melbourne. The seminar focused on secondary school entrepreneurial learning with Professor Yong Zhao, Dr Bronwyn Hinz of the Mitchell Institute and myself. The seminar asked the question, “Is Australian schooling growing students’ talents or do we need change?”


Professor Zhao’s research explores why young people need to be creative, curious, resilient and resourceful to thrive in a fast-changing world. Our role at the seminar was to showcase wider research, theory and the specific entrepreneurial action undertaken by MGC – our “Pay It Forward Week”. Lucy, Ophelia, Ally Bass and Hazel Campbell-Best initiated a plan to see greater student engagement in end of year activities. The girls surveyed all Year 7 and 8 students on areas of interest and compiled projects based around the key themes elicited. The entrepreneurial projects were based on:

  • Science and Technology;
  • The Environment;
  • Performance
  •  Visual Arts.

Congratulations to the girls on their excellent work.

CSIRO: Dr Anita Hill

Continuing the theme of futurist and problem based learning we hosted the Chief Scientist of the CSIRO, Dr. Anita Hill in our STEAM Centre on Friday 18th August. Dr Anita Hill is an excellent role model for our students. She is the Executive Director of Future Industries at CSIRO which includes Manufacturing, Health and Biosecurity. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) and former Chair of the Victorian Division. She is a current member of the Advisory Boards of the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN University of Queensland), Australian Centre of Excellence in Electromaterials Science (ACES University of Wollongong), The Australian Synchrotron, Swinburne Industry Research, and Journal of Polymer Science: Polymer Physics (editorial board). She is a former member of Advisory Boards for the Victorian Centre for Sustainable Chemical Manufacturing (VCSCM), the Australian eHealth Research Centre (AeHRC), the National Centre of Excellence in Desalination Australia (NCEDA), and the Institute for Frontier Materials (Deakin University). Dr. Hill’s research is in materials and process engineering and, more specifically, in transport of atoms, ions and small molecules in condensed matter.


Many thanks to Catherine Walkear, Wendy Keen and Anthony Keen for making Anita so welcome and to our STEAM Champions, Eleanor Eyers, Claudia Mountjouris, Veronique Villis, Scarlet Gregory and Lucy Skelton. Claudia demonstrated virtual reality to Dr. Hill, Scarlet 3D printing, Eleanor Lego EV3 with sensors and Veronique the Dot/DASH robots. Lucy conducted a tour of the MGC Environmental technology infrastructure.


Proposed Performing Arts Building

Thank you to our generous parents who have donated to the new Performing Arts Centre fund raising to date. Our School Councillors Paul Webber, Geoff Coates, Sonia Sharp, Pam St Leger and Gary Funston have formed a working party to investigate other Government school performing arts premises and projects. Tip Kennedy, Nancy Sandilands, Brent Houghton, Andrew Arney and I will also support our investigation and ideas for architectural briefings. Over the next few weeks we will be visiting East Doncaster Secondary College, Wellington Secondary College, Gladstone Park Secondary College and Quantum Victoria to gather design and pedagogical ideas. We are fortunate to have access to a range of professional reading on contemporary design through Dr St Leger’s guidance and that of her academic colleagues.

Library Refurishment         

The Library refurbishment anticipates a December completion. The spaces are designed around collaboration, problem based learning as well as quiet study. The interior design, furniture, electrical and external finish choices have been signed off. Photos and drone footage of the progress is available from Mr. Anthony Keen.



City Edge Network Professional Learning 16th and 18th August 

Thank you for supporting our student free day on Friday. It gave all of our staff an opportunity to work with pedagogical and “facilitative and enabling routines” expert Adjunct Professor Erica McWilliam and their City Edge colleagues.

As always, thank you for your support.

Kind regards,

Karen Money

Performing Arts News 

Choir Performing at Victorian Schools Music Festival

On Monday the 14th of August, Melbourne Girls’ College choir, took a tram into Federation Square to participate in the Victorian Schools Music Festival. The choir performed two songs at Deakin Edge, “How Far I’ll Go“ and “Safe and Sound” In front of five  other schools and 2 adjudicators. After we performed, one of the adjudicators gave us a master class which consisted of advising us on how we can improve and gave us ideas and inspiration. There were five school taking part and our choir did a fantastic job, being awarded a bronze shield. Over all it was a fantastic experience and I’m sure we all learnt so much from it. Hopefully we can do it again next year.


Thanks to our Choir directors, Ellyce Calder and Susan de Jong for organising our participation in this event and Ms Corry for accompanying.


Grace Rosebirch

Choir Co-Captain.



House Production

Congratulations to all students involved in this year’s House Production, “It’s Not the End of the World, or is it…?”


 All four Houses approached the theme with a different interpretation and wrote their scripts from scratch. Maris featured a meteor, Chisholm focused on Natural Disasters, Melba investigated a disease outbreak and Lyons fought off a zombie apocalypse.


Our biannual House Production is created by students and is totally student run, led by our army of Arts Captains. Students directed, choreographed, organized costumes, makeup, props, music and projections and most importantly, worked tirelessly together across year levels, collaborating creatively to showcase their entertaining and thought provoking performances.



House Production Acknowledgements

Principals and staff of MGC

Dani- MGC Café for interval refreshments

Poster design- Massimo Codognotto-Parry

Sylvan Dorney for Trybooking Ticketing


Glenn Holland & Jordyn Taylor

MGC Staff volunteers for after school & dressing room supervision

All our Year 12 students involved in the show

All our Year 9 students for their commitment during City Experience

Front of House volunteer staff and Student Executive for ushering

Aimee Stranks & James Lauritz for photography

Nell and Eve Crossett for videoing

Florence Honybun (Stage Manager)

Lindy Mumme, Trevor Howlett (Lights) Zack Pretlove & Charlotte Barter (Sound)

Maris Arts Captains: Paris Tzimos, Kala Rosebirch, Imogen Howden, Lily Hopkinson, Hannah Jukes-Frere, Saskia Junge & Ava Den Elzen.

Chisholm Arts Captains: Jeanti Exton, Nicola Lennon, April Eastick, Jean Palamara & Tayger Checkley.

Melba Arts Captains: Amelie Lay, Sophie Townsend, Bethany Krbaleski & Yasmine Iles.

Lyons Arts Captains: Emily Fitzwilliam, Miranda Koop, Ophelia Murray, Hazel Best-Campbell & India Warren-Smith.

Arts Captains Executive: Isabella Codognotto (Father Time) Isabelle Carney (Mother Nature) Emma Naismith (Death) & Genevieve Campbell (Convenor)

All parents and friends for their support



Congratulations to all students involved- well done!



Teacher News

On Sunday 20th August our music teachers Tony Hicks and Wen Chin performed with British space rock band Spiritualized as members of the Australian Art Orchestra and the Consort of Melbourne. This headline performance closed the Supersense Festival held at Hamer Hall. Spiritualized is a band that reaches across genre lines- drones, gospel, garage rock, free jazz, dizzying orchestration and minimalism. The orchestra and choir had two rehearsal sessions with Spiritualized to work out the structure of the songs while allowing room for improvisation within free form sections. True to the phrase “Anything can happen”, it was up to the musicians to trust each other and allow the music to dictate the performance. It was a fantastic experience and both of us felt inspired, invigorated and grateful for the performance opportunity.


Wen Chin and Tony Hicks



 Zelman Symphony Babi Yar 75th Anniversary Commemoration Concert – Free Seats for Secondary Students

Zelman Symphony is a well-known Melbourne not-for-profit community orchestra with a history going back to 1906 (  


The orchestra is proud to be able to be producing a most important concert in Hamer Hall @ 2pm on Sunday 17th September.  The concert will commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the massacres perpetrated by the Nazis and their collaborators at Babi Yar near Kiev during WWII.  


The centrepiece of the concert will be Shostakovich Symphony No 13, Babi Yar, which sets a poem of the same name by the illustrious Russian poet, Yevgeny Yevtushenko, to music.  There will be a short commemorative ceremony before the symphony is played by a large orchestra of 95 players and sung by Adrian Tamburini backed by a 100+ voice choir.  


We are fortunate that Gandel Philanthropy is funding free tickets for a number of students from schools around Melbourne to attend this concert. We are delighted to be able to offer MGC the opportunity to send students to the concert. There are a limited number of tickets available and they will be allocated on a first come first served basis.


Please let Ms Corry know it you are interested in attending ASAP.


Thank you to Dr George Deutsch, chair of the Zelman Symphony Babi Yar Organising Committee and grandfather of Mia Robinson, for this exciting opportunity.



Girls Rock! Melbourne School Holiday Program

Please find attached a flyer for the Girls Rock! Melbourne school holiday program.



Aerobics News

MGC Inter-School Aerobics Competition

Our MGC Aerobics team will be hosting the annual MGC Inter-School Aerobics competition on Friday 25th of August in the school gym. Please come and show your support to our dedicated and hardworking girls by cheering them on during their routines and by purchasing a sausage at the BBQ held on the deck outside the canteen. In the Second Hand Uniform Shop, you will find a huge array of sweet treats to delight your tastebuds at the cake stall.  All money raised will go towards our team competing at the National competition in Bendigo later this year. Good luck girls!

Confucius Classroom News

A day with Chinese visitors at Melbourne Girls College

On Friday, the 28th of July, MGC had a group of Chinese visitors. These Chinese students and teachers’ delegation came to Australia to take part in the 8th Global Village Bilingual Competition. MGC has warmly welcomed them by showing our school and inviting them to join our classes. Thea Rozsa and Evanah Shroff are the representatives from MGC to participate in the Global Village Bilingual Competition at Melbourne Grammar School. Evanah Shroff won 3rd prize. Thanks Mrs Elliott, Miss Shi and Ms Twist for having the visitors in their classes on the day.


By Ms Zhen Hang

Confucius Classroom teacher






City of Yarra Science Week Lunch

On Wednesday 16th of August, MGC students and staff were lucky enough to attend a Science Week lunch hosted by the City of Yarra. The keynote speaker was Dianne McGrath, one of the Mars 100, and a truly inspirational speaker.


The Mars One program is aiming to send 24 people to Mars in 2031.


Dianne is in the final 100 candidates being considered for the one-way trip – remarkable considering they started with 250,000+ applications. Dianne spoke about what it takes to be considered for this amazing adventure and how she is preparing. She talked about the new skills she is learning and how she has incorporated eating crickets and ants into her diet in preparation!



Meet Our Robot: Ozobot

Students use markers and colour codes to control Bit’s speed, direction and special moves. Print a maze online or open an app and find the right combination of colours to get Bit from start to finish. Draw OzoCode colour codes on paper or a tablet and Bit uses optical sensors to respond—spinning, speeding up and more at your command and more advanced students use Ozobot’s block-based programming language, OzoBlockly



Monash Engineering Year 8 Challenge

Over the term 2 holidays, I participated in the Monash Engineering ‘Year 8 Challenge’. It was a great experience for me and it provided me with examples of the different types of engineering like Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Software, Chemical and Environmental Engineering. This gave me an idea of what to expect and also to pick which topics I’m interested in.


For Civil Engineering, we made bridges out of spaghetti and tested them out with weights. Unfortunately, my group’s bridge didn’t hold as much weight. Ours held about 600 grams while the highest was 2400 grams!


For Mechanical Engineering, we made a light-chasing ‘moth’ robot. We learnt to solder and attach the wires at the right spot. I found this particularly interesting since it was pretty hands on!

For Software Engineering, we got to develop a video game! This was fun too since we could let our imagination run wild! We had to design an Angkor Wat simulation, pretty much starting from scratch. We used unity to do this.


For Chemical Engineering, we did a number of different experiments like blowing up a balloon using a ginger ale bottle, separating water from aspirin and looking at how heat is transferred through convection and conduction!


We also learnt how to change the tyres of a sports car and have a go on a car simulation! I had lots of fun at this 3-day event held at Monash and encourage the year 8s next year to participate in it!!!


Sona Hariharan (8F)



CSIRO Chief Scientist at MGC

Hello, my name is Eleanor and I am Middle School S.T.E.A.M. Captain. On Friday the 18th of August, four enthusiasts from the STEAM Team and I had the awesome privilege of hosting a visit by Dr Anita Hill, CSIRO’s Chief Scientist. Dr Hill’s visit was part of the [email protected] program to celebrate Science Week. She was most impressed with our STEAM Room and program, as well as the technological aspects of our Sustainability programs. We then took part in a webinar with over 100 other schools, where students from all over Australia had the opportunity to participate in a conference with five leading scientists in the field of space and robotics, hosted by a TV personality. The conference's main focus was on how any subject can be important for space exploration, including the Arts.  This was a great insight to the many different paths available to get involved in space programs. We also interviewed Dr Hill about her role and field of research at CSIRO, and her experiences as a woman in a science related field.


Hello! My name is Claudia and I’m the Middle School S.T.E.A.M. Vice Captain. As Eleanor said, it was a fantastic encounter and a wonderful chance to be able to see what sort of opportunities are offered if you are an engineer and space scientist. Dr Hill showed us a project Prof Paulo de Souza (one of the lead scientists on the webinar) was working on, which involves gluing miniature ‘backpacks’ (microsensors) on bees to track their movement and behaviour, in an effort to save honey bees worldwide (see link below). Another highlight of the day was being presented with CSIRO hats and hoodies as part of the visit! Thanks to Catherine Walkear for organising the visit, and to Wendy and Tony Keen for their support and technical expertise.



Lunchtime STEAM Sessions : EV3 Lego Challeng


Students participated in the EV3 Mars STEAM Lunchtime sessions on 17th August as an engaging and easy introduction to robotics, students worked with a very current and real-world theme – travelling to and living on Mars. Each challenge present problems that led to the mission launch!



French Film Excursion

La Sortie-Cinéma – Classes de Première

Swagger était un film véridique et a donné une idée de la vie de 11 jeunes vivant dans la banlieue parisienne. Filmé et dirigé avec intimité et amour, le film englobait l’inspiration et le désir des jeunes. De temps en temps égaré par le genre documentaire classique, Swagger nous a vraiment permis de voir le monde à travers les yeux des autres. C’était frais. C’était différent. C’était une expérience éveillante.



Mercredi dernier, notre classe de français est allée à ACMI pour voir un film qui s’appelle ‘Swagger’. C’est un documentaire qui raconte les histoires des jeunes Français habitant dans la banlieue neuf-trois de Paris. Les personnages sont joués par des jeunes acteurs français, comprenant Mariyama Diallo et Abou Fofana. Je l’ai trouvé tellement intéressant d’entendre les jeunes ados parlent d’eux-mêmes et de leurs vies. C’était fascinant!    



Réalisé par Olivier Babinet, Swagger nous plonge dans les vies troublées de onze adolescents qui grandissent dans l'un des quartiers les plus défavorisés de France; les banlieues de Paris. En déployant un réseau de rencontres entres les ados, ils échangent avec nous leurs loisirs, leurs inspirations, leurs difficultés, leurs buts, leurs secrets et leurs espoirs. En plus, on partage avec eux des rigolades et des moments de joie mais parfois leurs douleurs. Souvent les vraies situations de beaucoup de Parisiens se présentent, ce qui est radicalement différent des cartes postales de la tour Eiffel éclatante. Cependant, malgré leurs situations personne ne peut enlever leurs rêves et ambitions. Globalement, bien que ce film manque un point culminant, je l'ai beaucoup apprécié pour son humour subtil mais aussi surtout pour sa capacité de nous rendre reconnaissant pour nos propres vies.



Pour notre excursion annuelle, nous avons pris le tramway pour aller à ACMI. Il faisait beau et nous y avons assisté au film Swagger, un film français du Festival du Cinéma International de Melbourne. ​Le film était un documentaire et il parlait des jeunes arabes et noirs dans les banlieues de Paris - "le neuf-trois" - et leur vie dans un quartier difficile. Le film était un peu décevant, peut-être car c’était un film documentaire, mais en tout, le film me plaisait. C'était différent que les autres films des années dernières et c'était une variation très intéressante. 



J’ai trouvé le film très bouleversant malgré que je sois française et sachant déjà ce qui ce passe dans les banlieues Parisienne. On a pu voir au cœur de leur vie, à quel point leur vie est difficile, cela m’a fait réaliser que je suis extrêmement chanceuse d’avoir une famille avec des bons revenus, de vivre dans un milieu saint et sans danger. ​



Nous sommes allés à ACMI mercredi, pour notre excursion annuelle au festival du cinéma international de Melbourne. Comme toutes nos excursions précédentes, nous avons pris le tramway en ville et bien sûr nous avons pris une photo devant le Federation Square. Nous avons regardé le film “Swagger” et j’ai trouvé que c’était génial pour une vraie vision de la vie des jeunes Français qui habitent dans les banlieues autour de Paris. Malgré le film assez déchirant, l’excursion a été réussie et j’ai hâte pour le prochain film que nous regarderons!



Hier nous sommes allées à ACMI pour voir 'Swagger' un nouveau film français. C'était une bonne journée parce qu'il a fait beau même que c'était le milieu d'hiver et c'était agréable d'avoir une pause de l'école. Le film lui-même était bien mais un peu bizarre aussi. Les jeunes dans le film étaient drôles et chouettes et le film m'a fait réaliser​ comment je suis heureuse. En tout c'était une excursion réussie​.



Hier, il faisait beau, malgré les basses températures. A midi et demie, il y avait beaucoup de soleil, et les deux classes de français de première sont parties en excursion au ACMI pour regarder un nouveau film français, “Swagger”. Après nous sommes arrivées au Federation Square, nous avons pris rapidement une photo du groupe. Puis, nous sommes allées à l’intérieur du bâtiment et nous nous sommes assises en mangeant notre déjeuner.  Le film, situé dans le ‘neuf-trois’ (une banlieue à l’extérieur de Paris), s’agit des vies des jeunes qui y habitent. Une douzaine d’élèves ont été entendus à propos de leurs rêves, leurs envies, leurs vies quotidiennes, leurs opinions politiques et de l’amour et le futur. Bref, c’était une fin de journée à la fois marrante et triste. ​



Le 9 août ma classe de français est allée voir le film “Swagger”. C’était une bonne journée pour sortir en excursion grâce au temps ; il faisait très beau. Nous avons pris le tram à ACMI. Quand nous sommes arrivés, nous avons pris quelques photos avant d’entrer dans le cinéma. Nous nous sommes assis à la troisième rangée et bientôt le film a commencé. Le film était très intéressant parce qu’il décrit la France différemment de ce que certains gens peut-être pensent. Tout est allé bien et je l’ai beaucoup aimé.​




2018 France Study Tour

2018 France Study Tour
Info Night – Monday, 11 September
(Lyceum 6pm)

Un grand bonjour à toutes les étudiantes de français et à leurs familles,


The 2018 MGC French Trip is about to take off! Many students and families have been asking about it and so here is the outline of the exciting time we are planning for the last week of Term 3 and the first week of the term holidays just over a year away!


The MGC guided study tour to France is offered every second year and we are asking interested families of current Years 8-11 to talk with their daughters about potential interest in the proposed 2 week trip next year 16-30 September (last week of Term 3 and the first week of the holidays). Actual days still to be confirmed.


During this time, it is proposed that the girls will spend a week in Paris (Note the tour is still subject to DET Risk Assessment and School Council approval) and the second week in Montpelier in a Homestay environment with language schooling to give the girls a day-to-day experience of living in a French family (and sharing this special time with their chosen MGC buddy).



Expression of interest:
If your family is interested in knowing more and would like to attend an information evening session on Monday 11 September at 6pm in the Lyceum then please register your interest by email detailing your daughter’s name/year level (see below).


Key facts:
- We are looking ideally at a group of around 25 with 3 supervising teachers accompanying the group
- Final numbers will be determined by demand and seniority with a ballot if required
- Indicative cost for nearly all inclusive (excl. some meals/lunches/spending money) is aiming to be at $6,000 approx but is subject to exchange rate fluctuations, final itinerary etc.
- Positions are secured by a non-refundable deposit to be lodged at this point in November - actual date to be advised at the Info Evening (a staged payment plan will follow).

A taste of France!

Some of the things we have included are a week in Paris in a 2 star hotel with breakfast and dinner included

  • Return airfares to Paris with airport transfers
  • Sightseeing of key monuments and galleries
  • Visite Paris card for metro/RER transport
  • River cruise on the Bateaux Mouches
  • Visit to Versailles and surrounding gardens
  • Visits to markets and key ‘places’/squares and gardens
  • Opportunities for shopping in les Grands Magasins (Galleries Lafayette/Printemps etc. and in vintage stores
  • TGV/High Speed Train to Montpelier
  • Daily language/cultural courses while living with family for a week
  • Return to Paris for overnight and transfer to CDG airport


Register your interest before Friday 8 September by emailing [email protected] with your daughter’s name, student number and current year level and the key parent/guardian contact email and mobile number. If you can’t make the Info Evening, don’t worry, we will still keep you informed – just let us know if you’re interested in receiving more details.



A more detailed itinerary proposal will follow and key highlights reviewed at our subsequent Information Evening in Term 4.

À bientôt,


Tim Macdougall
French Teacher and France Trip Planner



International Student Public Speaking Competition

Congratulations Minh Duong!

Minh Duong (Yr 11) came second in the International Student Public Speaking Competition. Nine schools from around Victoria came together at Northcote High School for the final round of the competition. This was a night to celebrate the speeches prepared in response to the topic 'Art is essential to life'. Susan Nguyen (Yr 10) was also a part of the final. We are proud of how the spoke confidently, bravely and with such interesting responses! 

The Parents' Association

Join the Parents' Association in 2018




Earn and Learn

Woolworths Earn and Learn Program

We are excited to be taking part in the 2017 Woolworths Earn & Learn program.


During the previous campaign, we were able to purchase some great resources with the points we earned, thanks to you.


From now until September 19th 2017, you can collect stickers at Wooloworths that go towards Earn & Learn points. For every $10 you spend at Woolworths  you will receive a sticker. These stickers can then be given to your children to collect on a special sticker card. Once it is completed, they can simply bring it back here to school.


We are grateful for your support and look forward to a successful program. If you have any questions, please contact Zack Pretlove ([email protected]u)


Science Week

Science Week 2017




Student News

MGC Homework Club

Come one, come all!!


Students are invited to join the MGC Homework Club.


When?  3:30-4:30 Mondays and Thursday

Where?  Room 112


See you there!!

Ms Hajzler



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