Melbourne Girls' College

26 April 2018
Issue Five
Important Dates
Principal's Report
Winter Uniform Update
Parents' Association Trivia Night
MGC Writer's Festival
Visible Well-Being Parent Information Night
Sports News
Library News
Performing Arts
Dance News
Year 7 Public Speaking
Formula One
Big Sister Little Sister Lunch
MGC Homework Club
Melbourne Girls' College
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Richmond, VIC, 3121

Important Dates


April 26th - MGC Open Day

April 27th - Music Camp

April 27th - Year 9 Marine Biology Excursion


1st May - Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences

2nd May - Athletics Division Carnival

7th May - MGC Writer's Festival Begins

9th May - Visible Wellbeing Parents' Information Night

Principal's Report

Welcome to term two! I hope the term break was restful and enjoyable for all of our families.


Information Night 24th April and Open Day 26th April

This is one of the busiest weeks in the MGC Calendar. We estimate 600-700 people attended Information Night on 24 April and we are prepared for similar numbers today. Congratulations to our Public Relations Captains, Maya Welsh, Jade Leung and their team who led and trained our Junior Ambassadors. The students helped Ms. McDonald and Mr. Houghton to plan and lead the Open Day. As always our College Captains Ky Luong, Isabelle Carney and Claudia Junge showed outstanding leadership. It is always a highlight to showcase the excellent work of our students and staff.


Our students are exemplary, please see this praise from a member of the public, “I wish to commend your Students on their unfailing courtesy on the trams. My husband is frail and mobility impaired. Specialist visits to the Epworth Hospital are a regular occurrence. I was reminded again this morning how your pupils unfailingly volunteer their seats with goodwill - and even when I reassure them that I prefer to stand I almost have to fight them off. In these days of dismal attention to courtesy you should know your girls display courtesy and politeness I seldom see from other students.

Thank you”.


The Performing Arts and STEAM Centre Project   

On 21 March, our School Council President, Maya Narayan and I met with Christopher Carpenter, Senior Adviser to the Deputy Premier and Minister for Education. We gave an overview for our proposed new Performing Arts and STEAM Centre.  We reiterated that our school is in an excellent location to support the Victorian government initiative in STEM including DET system wide access to STEAM transdisciplinary learning and thinking. The vision is a centre to facilitate both our girls and visiting educators with their students. We also noted that a range of community and system-wide educational facilities with inner-city access, such as the 400 seat theatre would be an asset to both the Richmond community and the State Education system.


The Netball Court Project

Nancy Sandilands, our Business Manager and Glen Holland, our Facilities Manager, have been working tirelessly with the Victorian School Building Authority to ensure delivery of the netball courts promised in 2017. We await final news on the dates of construction and completion but will keep you posted.


The MGC Library

The official opening of our newly refurbished library will take place on 11 May to coincide with the inaugural MGC Writer’s Festival which will be running all of that week. We hope many of our families and students can join us for the celebrations.


The Question of Mobile Phones at School 

I have been approached by some parents, students and staff about the McKinnon High School initiative outlined in this article . As you know, mobiles are not to be used in class unless students are specifically directed to do so by a teacher. Is this enough to ensure personal social interactions increase and distractions to learning decrease? I look forward to hearing your ideas and opinions.



It is with pleasure we continue to welcome Jennifer Roep as acting Assistant Principal. On 22 March DET informed us that Tip Kennedy would continue to be seconded to Fitzroy PS as its’ acting principal for terms 2 and 3.


Richmond Rotary Club

Brooke O’Callaghan does a magnificent job liaising between MGC and Richmond Rotary Club, Brooke nurtures this important connection thoughtfully and skillfully. Very sincere thanks to the Rotary Club of Richmond for, yet again, supporting the girls with the mock job interview process in March. A large number of Year 10 students seized the opportunity to write detailed resumes and be interviewed by experienced business people. The students and Rotarians all enjoyed the experience. The 2018 National Youth Science Forum sponsored by Rotary is also a highlight, the Science Faculty are currently seeking students to take part in this excellent Year 12 program.


The Australian International Rowing Regatta 

The Australian International Rowing Regatta held in Penrith, Sydney from 21-23 March saw our Senior 1st crew, Lara Davies, Annie Coleman, Claudia Junge, Alice Clayton and Katie Fitzsimmons finish fourth in the B Finals and 12th in Australia overall. A great achievement for the rowers, Steph Burgess, Senior 1st coach Paul Blanchfield and Andrew Beck.


I would like to take this end of season opportunity to thank our hard working MGC Rowing Committee. The President Jennifer Baile, Treasurer Mark Brennan, Events/ Fund Raising Coordinator Moira Junge, Secretary Kaija Jordan, School support Jordyn Taylor and committee members Steve Baile, Jonathon Fitch, Leanne Fitch, Robynne Smith, Kylie Richardson, Sherri Vogel, Jocelyn Campbell and Mark Power. Our school, the rowers, Steph and Andrew thank you for your support and endeavour to ensure the program is set to succeed in the 2018-2019 season.


State Swimming Carnival

At the State Swimming Carnival On Wednesday 18 April Our medal tally kept growing. We finished with a grand total of 5 Gold, 4 Silver, 4 Bronze and 8 MGC Records. Please join us in congratulating Charli Millard, Tess Haslam and Chantelle Campbell who won 2 Gold medals each along with other placings. The very successful squad also included Chloe Millard, Charli Campbell, Ciara Walsh, Olivia Mitchell, Heidi Morris and Dominique Quirk.


Weight Lifting Club

On Tuesday 17th April the new MGC Weight Lifting Club trained for the first time. The club is another example of MGC staff and student initiative to break down gender stereotypes. Congratulations to Andrew Beck, Emily Shaw and the fifteen girls who are establishing a new tradition for the College.


World Irish Dance Championships

Our colleague, Christine Wallace, took her Irish Dance students to the Glasgow World Irish Dance Championships in March, the most prestigious choreographed Irish dancing event in the world. The mixed figure dance team placed first in the world! The senior and under 16 girls’ teams placed third. We congratulate our students Zoe Elliott (Year 8) for qualifying and Kaede Kiryama (Year 9) for her placing third.


Notice of Election and Call for Nominations for the Student Member Category of School Council

The Department of Education have finalised the process for electing students to School Council. Congratulations to Year 11 student, Mia Sherman who has been instrumental in working with VicSRC and the office of the Minister for Education to finalise the details of this process.


All MGC students are eligible to nominate and nomination forms are attached to the Compass Newsfeed dated 19 April. For 2018 only, one student will be elected for a one year term of office and one student will be elected for a two-year term of office. From 2019, students will be elected to council for a two-year term of office only.


Students can arrange for a student in Year 7 or above to nominate them as a candidate or they can nominate themselves for the Student category. Once the nomination form is completed, it should be returned to the front office by 4pm on Tuesday 1 May, 2018.  If there are more nominations received than the two student representative vacancies, a ballot will be conducted from 4 May to 4pm 11 May, 2018.


Our meetings are generally held every third Tuesday of the month during term, beginning at 6.15pm. Please consider standing as the current School Council are very excited about two students, with full voting rights being part of our decision making.



Kind regards,


Winter Uniform Update

From this term, students wearing the MGC trousers with logo will have the choice of wearing:

  • Full length black tights, or
  • Plain white ribbed long socks, or
  • Plain white ribbed short socks, or
  • Plain black socks

Please note that when students wear the navy MGC winter skirt, the current uniform expectations need to be adhered to and plain black socks are not permitted.


This change will be reflected in the 2019 student planner.

Parents' Association Trivia Night

MGC Writer's Festival


Who’s excited for the first ever MGC Writers’ festival on Friday the 11th of May?!

The MGC Writers’ Festival will be held from 6pm onwards in the newly renovated library. There will be a special guest speaker, Books for sale, Drinks on offer and live music from MGC’s fantastic students. You will also have the chance to buy the MGC Creative Anthology.


In the week leading up to the Writers’ Festival (7-11 of May) there will be a book swap (gold coin donation needed) , various Masterclasses held- consisting of 26 students across all year levels- and a free dress day where you get to dress up as your favourite book character


So bring the whole family because we hope to see you there!



Claudia, Imogen, Jo and Laura

(The MGC Writers’ Festival representatives)

Visible Well-Being Parent Information Night


Sports News

Cross Country

The Division Carnival is being held at Princes Park on Wednesday May 30th.

Training sessions will be run on Thursday lunchtimes for Years 7-9. First session to held on Thursday, May 3rd.

Students in Years 10-12 will need to email Ms Tellefson to sign up.

Year 7 Sport – Term 1

The busy Term 1 sport schedule finished with the Year 7 Sport Day on March 22nd. Over 100 students participated in Volleyball, Cricket, Softball and Tennis. Overall, we experienced some very good results, with the A teams of all 4 sports winning their Division Finals and progressing through to the Regional Finals. Well done to all competitors and teachers for the role that they played in the success of the Year 7 cohort. Term 2 sees Netball, Soccer, AFL and Badminton on the sport timetable, and I would like to encourage as many students as possible to try out for a team.


Interschool Swimming 2018

The 2018 SSV Swimming season concluded last Wednesday at the SSV State Championships. Following on from our Regional Finals success, where MGC finished 2nd overall against all the state co-educational schools, we arrived at MSAC with the hope of equaling our 2017 medal tally of 8 medals.

Our star-studded team showed extreme professionalism on the day, arriving early to complete a warm up and familiarise themselves with the venue. After Charli Millard won a gold medal in MGC’s 2nd event of the day, a record medal haul was possible.

All competitors performed at their best, and MGC finished the day off with a total of 13 medals – 5 Gold, 4 Silver and 4 Bronze. While that is extremely impressive, another highlight of the day was finding out that we finished as the 4th best school overall on the day. This is an amazing achievement considering we are inly eligible to qualify in half the events.

Congratulations to all students who were involved in the journey. Especially to the medals winners, but also to those students who competed in a relay event in an older age group. This act of selflessness allowed some of our older students to compete when it looked like they weren’t going to get the chance.


Interschool Athletics 2018

The team for the 2018 Athletics season has been picked based on the performances at the House Carnival. An email has been sent to all team members, with the events list posted on the PE Noticeboard.

The Division Carnival for 2018 is on Wednesday May 2nd at Coburg Athletics Track.


Upcomming Events

Students are encouraged to check their emails and Compass often to find out training times and event details for the following events.



Term 2 Sport Days

Senior – Friday April 27th

Intermediate – Friday May 4th

Yr8 – Thursday June 7th

Yr7 – Friday June 15th


Regional Finals

Intermediate Softball and Volleyball – Thursday June 26th

Yr8 Softball – Wednesday May 2nd

Yr7 Softball and Tennis – Friday May 4th


Interschool Carnivals

Athletics – Division Carnival – Wednesday 2nd May

Cross Country – Division Carnival – Wednesday



Senior AFL – Tuesday May 15th

Intermediate AFL – Tuesday May 22nd


Library News

Student Book Review

Thomas wakes up with no memory of himself or how he ended up in huge maze. Only boys surround him until that day when the first girl entered the vast maze. Confusion spreads like a wild fire as every minute ticks closer to the end of their survival. As trust, love and friendship is formed can Thomas get his friends out of the maze alive and safe and as far away as possible out of the monster infested maze?


I loved this book because of how when your reading from Thomas’ view whatever he learns or friendship he’s formed you do the exact same. It’s a thrilling, nail-biting story to read and at the end of the whole journey you feel exhausted just like if you were running through the maze. This book made me cry, laugh and squeal at the amazing thrilling moments.


The love story is filled with betrayal and hope making it a great addition to the main plot. The plot twists are so unexpected that you take a few minutes to read over it again until you know you’re not dreaming and as you read through the twists, James Dashner writes them casually but to you, you’re in utter shock. It’s amazing! I have never forgotten this story and I never will. I loved it. That’s why I gave it five stars. It’s my favourite book series.



Some of our very best Aerobics athletes have made it onto the Victorian Aerobics State Team 2018!! The biggest congratulations to Lana Croker, Claire Cheesman, Izabella Jepsen, Sylvia Gammon, Mariana Pappas and Ava d’Orsogna who will be traveling to Bendigo in two weeks to represent Victoria at the Aerobics National Championships 2018. We will all be cheering you on from here and cannot wait to hear the results! GOOD LUCK!!


Performing Arts

Casting was completed for our 2018 Musical Production of "Bring it On" last term. ​Thank you to Ellyce Calder, Lindy Mumme and Alice Dawes for their help with callback auditions and casting.

Rehearsals begin Term 2, with the Truman and Jackson Crew Cast & Chorus rehearsing on Tuesdays after school and our Specialist Dancers and Cast rehearsing on Thursdays after school.

For more information, please click on the link for our student information booklet:


​(Please note that students who signed up for crew will be contacted later in the term.)

For full listing of all cast, chorus, specialist dancers and specialist singers, please click here:


Just a reminder that the performance dates are:

Cast 1- Week 4, Term 3; Wednesday 8th August-Friday 10th August

Cast 2-Week 5, Term 3; Wednesday 15th August- Friday 17th August.

(Chorus and crew required both weeks)

Please remember to put these dates on your fridge, in your calendars and phone!

We look forward to presenting Bring it On at MGC in Term 3!


Anne Corry

Melbourne Recital Centre’s Bach Competition

Now in its ninth year, Melbourne Recital Centre’s Bach Competition is dedicated to young musicians passionate about J.S. Bach.


The competition repertoire needs to be any work of J.S. Bach not exceeding 10 minutes in total duration. Soloists and ensembles of up to five members who are 17 years of age and under (at 1 January 2018) are welcome to apply. Applications close on Wednesday 9 May 2018 at midnight and the finals will be held at Melbourne Recital Centre on Sunday 17 June 2018.


Cash prizes of up to $2,000 are available to be won. Semi-finalists will also receive free tickets to the Bach Gala Concert at the Melbourne Recital Centre on the evening of Saturday 16 June.


For further entry information and competing guidelines, students can visit -

Music Camp

We are looking forward to heading off at lunchtime tomorrow, Friday 27th April to Urban Camp in Parkville. Our  music students in  Choir, A'capella Choir and Orchestra will rehearse their repertoire and have fun at the same time in a relaxed environment.  Our camp culminates in a concert for family and friends on Sunday, 29th April @ 11am. Students have permission to come in casual clothes tomorrow. Don't forget your myki, waterbottle, lunch, sleeping bag and instrument!


Anne Corry

Teacher in Charge.


Dance News

Year 7 and 8 Dance/Acrobatics classes, before and afterschool are underway for Term 2.  Some of the classes will be finishing up in the coming weeks, with all classes concluding by week 5 for Semester 1.  Students are reminded that they should refer to Compass for their individual schedule.  It is important that students attend their allocated classes and know the choreography if they expect to perform at the Dance Showcase. 

Students will be able to sign up for Semester 2 Dance in June.

Upcoming Dates for Term 2

1st May – Last day to submit order for your MGC Dance Shirt

11th May – Dress Rehearsal for the Dance Showcase

  • Seniors/Contemporary Extension group – Period 1
  • Year 7/8 – Period 3
  • Year 9 – Period 4

24th/25th May – Dance Showcase (Semester 1) – 6pm-8pm in the MGC Auditorium.  Tickets available online at the beginning of May.


Jordan Evans

Head of Dance

Year 7 Public Speaking

In Term 1 all year 7 students presented a persuasive speech. The goal of the assignment was to form a speech that persuaded the audience about a certain topic. The teachers who were grading our work and picking someone to go onto round two, were looking for someone who engaged the audience as well as persuaded them. All students’ speeches were supposed to be about two minutes.


Before we started researching and planning our speeches, we explored different persuasive techniques. Some of the different techniques we investigated were: emotive language, which are a selection of words chosen to provoke an emotional response and anecdotes, which are stories used to inspire the listener to think deeper about the topic. We were given time to come up with a topic and research it. It was recommended that the topic be something that you support and are familiar with. You want the topic to be interesting and exciting. When researching our topics, we gathered evidence that we later used in our speeches.


After we were comfortable with our topics we started writing. When the final draft of our speeches had been made it was time to memorize them. Finally, the big day came, the day when we presented our speeches to the class. The teachers were grading us on the topic we chose, the evidence we provided, how persuasive we were, our introductions and close, our eye contact and body language, and our pace and voice. After everyone had presented their speech the teacher decided who made it to the second round. Only one person from each class made it.


On the last day of Term 1, in the auditorium, the people chosen for round two presented their speech to a panel of judges, as well as the entire year 7. There were many different topics presented such as the winning topics: ‘Students should not have homework’, ‘women’s rights’ and ‘why schools should have 15 minutes of exercise at the end of each period’. The audience was very supportive of their fellow classmates with lots of loud cheering. Even though it was a competition everyone was encouraging of one another. Then, the judges picked three people to go onto the next round. The winners were Elodie Dillion, Jessica Edbrooke, and Ella Francis. The three years 7 students will be going up against year 8 and 9 students. Good Luck to those students!


Gigi Boyd 7M2



414 Squadron was present at the ANZAC Day Parade in the CBD, did you see us on the ABC? 23 cadets represented the Wing and MGC by carrying banners and supporting the march in a variety of tasks including the mass Australian National Flag group at the end of the march which were then used as a background for the moving ceremony at the Shrine of Remembrance. We specifically supported the Women’s Services carrying banners for the RAAF Nurses and the Women’s Auxiliary of the Australian Air Force (WAAAF) Banners. Well done to all cadets!


ANZAC Day Schools' Commemoration

On the 20th of April 2018, a group of students attended the ANZAC Day Commemoration Ceremony for Students at the Shrine of Remembrance hosted by Melbourne Legacy. School students from across Victoria were joined by our Governor, The Honourable Linda Dessau AC, who gave a speech honouring ANZAC soldiers, and the members of the Defence Force who have continued to serve past WWI. Students were then invited to lay a wreath by the eternal flame, first lit in 1954 by Her Majesty The Queen, in remembrance of the brave soldiers who gave their lives in Gallipoli, and throughout WWI. At the conclusion of the ceremony, MGC students visited the Edith Cavell Memorial. Edith Cavell was a British nurse in WWI who has inspired women and nurses ever since. She provided care and saved the lives of many soldiers from both sides of the war, the Allies and the German forces. Edith Cavell is perhaps most well known for her courageous efforts in assisting the escape of 200 Allied soldiers from German occupied Belgium. On 12th October 1915, she was executed by a German firing squad, after being found guilty of treason. MGC lay a second wreath at Nurse Edith Cavell’s memorial to honour her brave efforts.


Meg Funston

Humanities Vice Captain


Formula One

On Thursday the 22nd of March, me, three of my friends and sixteen other students from Years 7-10, visited the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix 2018 at Albert Park. This was an amazing experience as we got to see many different, exquisite cars from various decades and also got quite hands on with the workshops. One of the workshops that stood out were from the defence force, The Australian Air Force (AAF), which was quite interesting; I should have done the air force cadets at school 😊. We even learnt how to put on one of the pilot safety suits and played with an air traffic control simulation where you get to take control of the landing and taking-off planes. It was actually quite stressful. There was also an area where a few police officers had brought in their cars which you could take a photo with and also a “drug test bus” where we could get a breath test, which was particularly exciting! A lot of the workshops used Virtual Reality, for instance there was one where you could fly a plane, which was fun but sickening at the same time. Besides that, we learnt a lot about supercars and the hard work that goes into making them, like the designs, the engineers and mechanics behind it. We even got to meet two engineers from Swinburne who talked to us about it and the work that goes into turning a normal road, into a race track! I really enjoyed this day as it wasn’t just watching the races, but also having a little walk around, exploring different workshops, learning new things, getting food and just having fun!


Sona Hariharan 9E


One Year 7s view on Formula One

On the 22nd of March, 20 students volunteered to go on an excursion to Albert Park to watch and learn about Formula One. For those of you who don’t know what Formula One is, it’s a massive racing car race where drivers represent their countries and compete for top spot.


At 8:45 we met at gate 2 and set off. We caught the tram up to Albert Park, where we sat down and had a snack while we waited for some more students to arrive. We were all so excited because we could hear the cars warming up in the distance. Finally, we all had our tickets punched and we were off to explore!


The first things that we saw were some amazing cars! There were vintage cars with roofs that you can pull back to let the sun in, and there were brand new sports cars which looked as if no one had ridden in them yet.


After we finished admiring the cars, we saw some awesome tanks and helicopters! With real soldiers standing with them.


Next, we picked up our earplugs and went to see some of the real action. We walked into the grand stand and found some seats. All the cars were lined up and ready to race. The lights went 3, 2, 1 and they were off! It was so loud that I could feel the grand stand vibrating beneath my feet.  Did you know that a formula one car can accelerate to 62mph in under 2 seconds and have a top speed of 200mph! Unfortunately, the cars that we saw weren’t actually F1 cars, so they didn’t go that fast, but they were still the fastest thing that I’ve ever seen!


After we watched the race, we headed off to listen to a seminar given by some of the F1 drivers. They had very some interesting stories to tell such as one of the drivers practiced driving on a virtual reality F1 simulator for up to six hours a day when he was training to become an F1 driver.


The highlight of the day for me was the air show.  The royal Australian Air Force Roulettes hit the skies above Albert Park, doing amazing twists and turns and tricks!

If you get a chance, you should definitely go on the Formula one excursion next year!


Evie Scott 7L1


Big Sister Little Sister Lunch

A Snapshot by Erin Maguire

Every where I look I see year 12s introducing themselves to our year level, this lunch was one we all enjoyed: eating yummy food while everyone was also having fun; Anzac biscuits, chocolate and salt and vinegar chips! 


The friendly year 12s were all explaining their life stories at MGC and making conversations with everyone. All of the students were so kind and funny. This lunch was so memorable and everyone formed bonds with a group of year 12s while they ate and enjoyed delicious, delightful food.


So much was happening: talking chattering and exploding laughter; constantly asking of questions; laughter booming around MGC


Although this lunch did have to come to an end, when it did, we all felt we knew the year 12s a lot better and knew that if we ever needed anything we could count on our 'big sisters'.


MGC Homework Club


Come and join us Monday and Thursday afternoons for Homework Club.



The Library




Hope to see you there!

Ms Hajzler

Melbourne Girls' College
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