Melbourne Girls' College

09 February 2017
Issue One
Important Dates
Principal's Report
Melbourne Girls’ College Co-operative
School Information
Wellbeing Centre
Melbourne Girls' House Cup
Melbourne Girls' Clubs
Instrumental Music
Environement Team
Environment Team
Melbourne Girls' College
9428 8955
Yarra Boulevard
Richmond, VIC, 3121
AU

Important Dates

February

1st February: Academic Year begins for Years 8-11

8th February: Year 12 Camp

13th February: Year 7 Camp

21st February: Year 7 Parent Welcome Evening

24th February: Moonlight Cinema 

28th February: Swimming Sports Day (weather permitting)

March

7th March: School Photo Day

7th March: Parents' Association International Women's Day Evening

24th March: Athletics Sports Day (weather permitting)

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

April

27th April: Open Day

Principal's Report

Welcome to 2017

As we know the only thing constant in life is change. The beginning of another year for Melbourne Girls’ always brings excitement, fear of the unknown and anticipation. The classes have started extremely well with excited Year 7 students meeting the Year 12 students on Tuesday and joined by their Year 8-11 peers on Wednesday. The transition has been smooth but most importantly enjoyable and positive. Our Year Level Leaders have held inspirational assemblies highlighting key messages for the year and our College Captains; Courtney Mc Kenzie, Nell Crossett and Ashley Hammond, along with our Communications Captain, Emma Ferguson are actively planning around their theme of Good Vibes!

New Colleagues for 2017

We warmly welcome a number of new colleagues for 2017:
 

Andrew Arney: Assistant Principal – Curriculum Innovation, Years 9-10 Wellbeing

Mary- Anne Baldacchino: Finance

Ray Bedford:  Mathematics

Liam Brown: Philosophy and English

Catriona Cameron-Martin: Mathematics

Jielei Cui: International Assistant

Olivia Day: English and English as a Second Language

Andrew Doyle: English

Victoria Fitzgerald: Science

Mathew Grylls: Outdoor Education and PE

Glen Holland: Facilities Manager

Sarah Lerpiniere: English and Business Management

Indra Liepins: English, English Language and English as a Second Language

Emily Miller: Mathematics and Science

Ashley O’Brien: Food Technology

Bibo Shi: Chinese

Bryony Stahlstrom: Reception and Administration

Christine Wallace: First Aid and Administration

Sarah Wallace: Reception and Administration

Lenore Wray: Food Technology

 

As always students are at the centre of our work and we look forward to their learning and wellbeing continuing to grow in the opportunities provided at MGC. The Powerful Learning work continues with the design in how staff work with students and each other based upon this framework.

Congratulations Emily Cuddy

Emily of Year 12 works in an Acrobatic Trio and all three girls are performing and working at an International standard. They are the current National Champions for their level and are members of an elite Australian International Squad. On 26 February 2017, Emily and her mum Robynne (well known to many of us as the heart and soul of the Parents’ Association second hand uniform shop!) head to Maia, Portugal for an International Competition held from 1st to 5th March. We wish Emily every success and look forward to hearing of her future successes.

2016 VCE

We are still very excited about the 2016 VCE results and enjoy hearing from our girls about their 2017 study and travel plans. As we noted in December, the 2016 VCE results were our best ever. 

  • 31% of girls attained scores of 90-99.95
  • 19% of girls attained scores of 80-89.95
  • Six students attained perfect study scores of 50. Congratulations to our excellent teachers, Sefija Demirova who supported her girls to achieve three perfect study scores in Legal Studies, Mei Francis in Mathematical Methods and Jason Kohlman in French.
  • 18.6% of our study scores were over 40
  • Our median study score of 34 is up from 33 in 2015
  • Our Dux attained an ATAR score of 99.8
  • Six students received scores between 99 and 99.95

We are proud of all our Year 12 2016 students and celebrate their collective and individual success. http://www.theage.com.au/national/secondary-education-victoria/top-schools-how-did-yours-perform-in-the-vce-20161214-gtb5h5.html “Melbourne Girls College recorded its best results in 14 years, ranking within the top 50 schools for the first time this year. It had a median study score of 34 and 18.6 per cent of study scores 40 and over.”

 

Another wonderful outcome is that 100% of girls were awarded their VCE and 98% of girls have been offered either their first, second or third preference for tertiary study.

Educating Australia - Challenges for the decade ahead

On 1st February I attended a book launch for “Educating Australia - Challenges for the decade ahead”.

The editors Tom Bentley and Glenn Savage note in the introduction: “the imperatives to [pursue educational progress] are compelling, even in the face of apparently overwhelming odds. We are driven by a shared determination to see education shaped by evidence, understanding of human potential and the principle of shared responsibility, rather than by dogma, brute force, or narrow self-interest.”
The debate and discussion at this event resonated for the future of our girls and the current work we need to do as educators at Melbourne Girls’ College.

School Council 

Continuing the spirit of change, the School Council Elections are upon us once more. A Compass newsfeed went out on Monday with the following information, please do not hesitate to call if you have any queries about Council or the election process.

 

2017 School Council Elections

The Melbourne Girls’ College School Council meets every third Tuesday of the month at 6.15pm.

 

Membership of School Council is rewarding and ensures parents contribute to and have a close understanding of the direction and strategic planning of MGC. Our Council election process begins on Monday 6th February and I look forward to working with our parents on Council throughout 2017. Ballot papers and instructions are attached. Please deliver, mail or email signed nomination forms to Adele Giarrusso in the front office by 4pm on 13th February. There are three parent positions due for election and the time line is as follows:

Monday 6th February: Call for nominations

Monday 13th February: Nominations close 4pm

Friday 17th February: Ballot papers and information on the candidates distributed

Friday 24th February: Close of Ballot 4pm

Parents' Association

Another excellent MGC organisation is our Parents’ Association (P.A.). Please consider joining. The P.A. meets every fourth Tuesday of the month. The tireless efforts of parents on this committee are appreciated by all. The morning tea provided for staff on 30th January was the most wonderful welcome back.

 

I always look forward to getting to know as many parents as possible. Parent evenings, student-parent-teacher meetings, the Sustainability Collective, School Council and the Parents’ Association are all excellent ways for us to meet

Thank you to the girls and staff for a great start to the year at Melbourne Girls’ College.

Karen Money

Principal

Melbourne Girls’ College Co-operative

Notice to Community Melbourne Girls’ College
Co-operative members

The Annual General Meeting of the Melbourne Girls’ College Co-operative Limited will be held at Melbourne Girls’ College, Yarra Boulevard, Richmond at 8.20am on Monday, 3rd April 2017. Co-operative members are cordially invited to attend this meeting.

 

Please see attached more details on how to nominate for the Board of Directors for MGC Cooperative Limited.

Notice to Community Melbourne Girls.pdf

 

School Information

School Immunisation Program for 2017

Information sheets and consent cards were given to all Years 7 students last week. If the cards have not yet been returned, it would be appreciated if they could be completed and given to the General Office as soon as possible.

 

The immunisation schedule is as follows:

 

Monday 6th March: 1st HPV/ Year 7

Thursday 4th May: 2nd HPV  and Chickenpox/ Year 7

Monday 4th September: 3rd HPV & Boostrix (Diptheria, Tetanus, Whooping Cough)/ Year 7   

 

Students should wear PE uniform on these immunisation days. 

 

Brent Houghton

Assistant Principal (Years 7 & 8)

                                                               

Change to the Hot Weather Day Policy
 

At the end of last year, a decision was made to change our policy regarding hot weather days. This decision was not made lightly, but was based on problems with the previous policy:

  • The uncertainty about whether the predicted maximum temperature was 35 or above;
  • The confusion caused by the change to the timetable at short notice. This also meant that lunchtime activities had to be cancelled or rescheduled; and
  • The experience of the temperature sometimes not reaching the maximum predicted, or a cool change arriving before the end of the school day.

 

Our care of students on a hot day will now include encouraging them to be inside at lunchtime in air conditioned, supervised rooms at lunchtime:

 

Year 7s: Lyceum Rooms

Year 8s: Level 2 French Rooms

Year 9s: 303, 304, 305, 309

Year 10s: Level 3 Chinese Rooms

Year 11s: P4, P5 or P6

Year 12s: Room 214 or the Study Centre

 

We believe the change to the policy provides the best care for our community of over 1400 students.

 

We would also encourage parents to remind their daughters to drink plenty of water and to be SunSmart at all times, but particularly on hot days.

 

Brent Houghton

Assistant Principal  

Wellbeing Centre

Dear Parents/Guardians,

 

Welcome to term one 2017!

 

My name is Elisa Pedron. My role at Melbourne Girls’ College is Student Counsellor/Social Worker. I commenced working at the school towards the end of term 2 last year. I am enjoying working with and supporting the students, staff and parents at MGC and I have settled in quite well.

As you would be aware, purchasing uniform and textbooks can be difficult for families, especially when there is more than one child in the family. Financial hardship can occur at any stage in ones’ life and for some individuals it is not a comfortable topic to speak about.

If you have pre-loved school uniform (summer, winter and sports) and textbooks (years 7 to 12) in a reasonably suitable condition which are no longer required and would like to donate to the school, you are more than welcome to come to the Wellbeing Centre located towards the end of level one and leave the donated uniform and textbooks with me. I will then provide the items to students in need.

Please do not hesitate to contact me on 9428-8955 or email [email protected]

Your assistance will be much appreciated and will demonstrate further community support and teamwork in MGC.

 

Thank-you

Yours Sincerely, 

Elisa Pedron

Student Counsellor/Social Worker

Melbourne Girls' House Cup

House Cup

MGC encourages participation and excellence in extra/co/other curricular activities through the awarding at Presentation Night in November of the House Cup.

 

Points are awarded to students when they attend a variety of activities and/or participate in competitions. I collate these points throughout the year and progress scores are updated weekly and displayed on the school TVs and published in the Newsletter.

 

All activities that we know about are awarded points for participation and  more for excellence in a competition. Some examples of the type of activities include: Chorals, Band, Choirs, House Production, Soirees & Performances, VCE Results, Public Speaking Comps, Alliance Francois, Writing Comps, Excursions, Swimming and athletic carnivals, School teams, Fun Run, Conferences, Youth Parliament & Forums, Pi Day, Maths Competition, Rowing, Debating, Environmental Conferences, volunteerism, excursions, Philanthropic events, etc

 

Lyons has won the House Cup for the last two years. Current scores are listed below.

 

Melbourne Girls' Clubs

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!
 

Ms Hajzler

 

The Philanthropy Team

The Philanthropy Team has their first meeting for the year, tomorrow, Friday the 10th of February. Everyone’s welcome to come along, sign up, enjoy a cookie and hear about our plans for the year and the opportunities to get involved with helping others in our community.

 

We are looking forward to a successful 2017.

Hope to see you there.

 

The Philanthropy Team,

Samantha Thomson Senior School Philanthropy Vice-Captain

Instrumental Music

Instrumental Music 2017

Thank you to all our returning instrumental students (and parents) and welcome to our new instrumental students. We are delighted to introduce two new instrumental teachers, Susan de Jong, (Voice, Mondays and Wednesdays, Studio 6) and Andy Clarke (Guitar, Mondays and Wednesdays, Studio 7) who will be beginning next week.

 

Thank you to our other instrumental teachers who began teaching this week.

Ellyce Calder: Voice, Mondays and Tuesdays, Studio 4

Wen Chin: Piano & Cello-every day except Tuesdays, Studio 3

Les Gyori: Violin and Viola-Tuesdays, Studio 7

Nick Milosevic: Drums-Wednesdays, Studio 5

Katrina Halliday: Piano, every day, Studio 1

Tony Hicks: Woodwinds and Brass, Wednesdays and Fridays, Studio 7

 

If you would still like to learn an instrument at MGC, please fill out the application form and return to the general office.

2017 Continuation of Music Tuition FORM and PAYMENT (1).pdf

 

Ensemble timetable

All students are all welcome to join the following ensembles:

Monday: Lunch - Choir-A2 All Welcome.

Contact: Ellyce Calder [email protected]

 

Tuesday: Afterschool - Show Choir-auditions continuing, 9-11 students.

Contact: Ellyce Calder [email protected]

 

Wednesday: Before school 7.45 am - Band A3.

Lunch - Junior String Ensemble A3. Contact: Wen Chin. [email protected]

Contact: Tony Hicks. [email protected]

 

Thursday: Lunch - Senior String Ensemble A3.

Contact: Wen Chin. [email protected]

 

All welcome.

Important Dates

Thank you to our student musicians who have volunteered to perform at MGC’s Pedal Cinema on Friday, 24th February.

Please contact Anne Corry [email protected] if you would like to perform.

 

Term 2

Choir Camp: 28th-30th May Urban Camp)

Generations of Jazz Camp & competition: 5th-7th May (Mt Gambia)

Vocal Showcase (Formerly Cabaret Night): Tuesday 27th June.

 

Thank you.

Anne Corry

Manager of Performing Arts and Instrumental Music.

[email protected]

 

 

Environement Team

“MGC Environmental leader in the media”

The Environment team have hit the ground running this year with two major projects as part of the Sustainable Living Festival: our 6th annual Pedal-powered community cinema hosted on the grounds of MGC on the 24th of February and our second year collaborating with The New Joneses program hosted at Federation Square.

 

On Sunday 5th of February, Middle school environment captain Lucy Skelton was interviewed live on air on “Out of the Blue”, a marine issues radio show on 855am 3CR. Lucy was a natural radio personality and publicised the upcoming Pedal Cinema featuring Mr Vance’s new favourite movie ‘Finding Dory’ (hence the marine link) and also talked about her participation in the Ocean Youth Program in 2016 organised by the Sea Life Trust and Melbourne Aquarium.

 

Well done Lucy! Lucy’s interview can be heard here: http://www.3cr.org.au/radioblue {SEE ATTACHED PHOTO OF LUCY IN STUDIO}

 

We would love to see you at the Pedal cinema, a great chance to bring a picnic along to the beautiful school grounds and meet some other MGC families and find out about how MGC is striving to be a carbon neutral school. BYO or buy food and drinks from our fundraising stalls. More information is available on our website: www.mgc.vic.edu.au/pedalcinema

Environment Team

A letter from the Environment Team Captains

Hello everyone!

The MGC Environment Team is back and ready for another successful and fun-filled year in 2017!

If you are interested in sustainability, the environment, plants, animals or recycling or have been a part of the team in previous years we would love for you to come down and join us!

Our next meeting is on Wednesday 15th of Feb, at lunchtime in Rm: 216. We welcome all students (new and old to enviro)!

Link to sign up on the team: https://goo.gl/forms/M3A8jMc4CzZiaq812

 

Our major annual event, the carbon neutral, human powered Pedal Cinema will be held on Friday 24th of Feb 2017, the movie will start at dusk, with entertainment, food stalls and side stalls such as pedal slot cars and Dory mascots, starting at 5pm. The movie airing is Finding Dory and the event is open to the public and MGC community, so we would love for you to bring your family friends along to this carnival like event!

Here's a link to buy tickets before hand if you would like: mgc.vic.edu.au/pedalcinema  

 

A quick overview of what the enviro team does and has achieved:

  • Conduct sustainability projects around the school and local community. Some projects we have conducted include; soft plastics collection project, introducing frog bogs in the area, energy efficiency projects, vege burger bbq and more!

  • Won $100 000 USD from winning the Zayed Future Energy Prize ( from the Internationally famous Masdar Institute in the UAE) and installed a massive array of solar panels, micro hydro inverter where students can charge their phones with green power, salty the seal - an interactive solar fountain and converted 4 indoor rowing machines into energy generators to power up lights that rowers use during training.

  • Conduct major events: Annual Human Powered Pedal Cinema (open to public), year 7 tree day and Annual student environment conference (invited to all high schools in Victoria)

  • Raise awareness among the school community in regards to environmental issues, which also includes ecological waste, water and climate change with the help of our awesome mascots, LanLan and BoBo.

 

Looking forward to seeing you there to work on more exciting projects to do our bit for the Environment.

 

From your environment captains for 2017

Thirumagal, Monique, Lucy and Sam