Principal’s Newsletter Report 6 September, 2018
Another busy fortnight has passed at Melbourne Girls’ College and the following events are just a taste of the opportunities provided for our students. It is a credit to our community that amidst the busy schedules of lessons, professional learning, research, programs and preparing for 2019 we are able to enjoy so many extra-curricular opportunities. At MGC, the learning does not cease at the school gate, it is truly embedded in the wonderful Melbourne landscape.
Congratulations to Ally Bass
Ally of Year 11 is truly passionate about her chosen career of teaching. Ally has written an excellent article currently published in both The Age and The Herald Sun. Please see the link to Ally’s passionate defence of teaching as a profession https://www.smh.com.au/education/teaching-is-a-career-calling-not-a-cop-out-20180905-p501wm.html
Congratulations to Eirene Carjias
Another excellent MGC student, Eirene Carjias of Year 10 has been accepted into the Earthwatch Institute Student Challenge 2108, a fantastic opportunity to see what real Biologists and Ecologists do each day. Eirene will be part of a research team investigating Australia’s vanishing frog species. This will involve capturing, microchipping and checking the frogs for disease before releasing them. The research is taking place in Barrington National Park in Northern NSW.
Launch of the Rowing Season! 5 September
The Gillard Centre has been a hive of activity with the launch of the rowing season last night and our annual Father’s Day Breakfast. Thank you to our athletes, parents, Head Coach Steph Burgess, Leader Andrew Beck, Bryony Sahlstrom and Nancy Sandilands who ensured our season has begun well!
Father’s Day Breakfast hosted by the Parents’ Association 31 August
Many thanks to Gailean Hammond, Robynne Smith, Anna Makin, Kirsty Iles and all Parents’ Association (P.A.) members for hosting the annual Father’s Day breakfast. The laughter and camaraderie amongst our dads and their daughters was an excellent way to start the day.
Health and PE Week
All week the students have been participating in activities, healthy eating, impromptu exercise along the corridors to celebrate health and PE. Many thanks to Andrew Ferro-Kovassy who ensured the program had something for everyone to participate in regardless of fitness levels.
A fitting success story leading into the week was our win in the State Junior AFL Womens’ Football on Friday 31 August. We played against Lilydale and won 26 to 11. Many congratulations to the best on ground winner, Victoria Trenton and the amazing coach Amanda Lucas.
Kids Teaching Kids event 29 August
Many thanks to Andrew Vance, Glen Holland, Bryony Sahlstrom, Trevor Howlett and Luke Deery for giving our students the opportunity to showcase MGC to three other schools, a host of leaders including the Minister for Water, Lisa Neville, the Deputy Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Arron Wood and chef Guy Grossi. Please see the following article for more detail:
Weight Lifting competition September 2
MGC Weightlifting competed in the last competition for the season – the SFA Open at the Victorian Weightlifting Stadium in Hawthorn. Nine MGC athletes competed from 9.00-11.30am in the three big powerlifts - Squat, Bench and Deadlift. Congratulations to Jessica Kang who came fourth overall in the entire women’s competition – an extraordinary result for a young weight lifter! Along with Jessica Ingrid Perkins, Hayley Turnbull, Eirene Carjias, Genevieve Castles Krusec, Ophelia Murray and Siena Chumbley Contin also competed. None of these experiences are possible without dedicated staff, sincere gratitude to Andrew Beck and Emily Shaw for giving the girls this opportunity.
MGC Aerobics Competition 24 August
The MGC gym was buzzing with music and performance all day long with incredible feats of athleticism and energy. Congratulations to our talented athletes, Lenore Twist and Catie Cameron-Martin who hosted many other schools, students and colleagues on Friday 24 August.
Queen’s Scout Rachel Butchart
Congratulations to Rachel of the 1st North Balwyn Venturer Unit who recently attained the top award of Queen’s Scout. Rachel’s dedication, initiative, leadership and hard work saw her achieve this elite award.
Many thanks for your ongoing support of our College and students; MGC is a wonderful place to be!